There are many guises for intelligence.
One part of you is gliding in a high windstream,
while your more ordinary notions take little steps and peck at the ground.
Conventional knowledge is death to our souls,
and it is not really ours. It is laid on.
Yet we keep saying we find “rest” in these “beliefs.”
We must instead become ignorant of what we have been taught
and be instead bewildered.
Run from what is profitable and comfortable.
Distrust anyone who praises you.
Give your investment money, and the interest
on the capital, to those who are actually destitute.
Forget safety. Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
I have tried planning long enough.
From now on, I’ll be mad.
A challenging and brilliant poem by one of my favorite poets, Rumi.