Please allow me to be pedantic enough to issue a following reminder to those who think they can insult the intelligence of others:
Intelligence is “the ABILITY to acquire knowledge and skill,” meaning intelligence and knowledge are two different things. Indeed, while experts are often described as being intelligent, being knowledgeable is a matter of simple memorization; not a matter of intellect. While a professional may seem “smart” to a layperson, that assessment may not hold among his or her peers. When everyone else around you knows exactly what you know (and even more), your knowledge won’t give you that label; it will be the ability to look at a situation from a different angle, the passion to seek knowledge, and the maturity to accept different points-of-view that distinguish you. These qualities stem from recognizing your own limitations and knowing what you don’t know; in other words, intelligence stems from wisdom and humility.
From my own personal experience, the ones who label themselves as “smart” in a pond often end up being the dumbest in the ocean. Their false impression of themselves stem from the poor quality of their friendships. They failed to recognize the fact that being the “smart one” in their little clique is a reflection of their poor choice in friends rather than of their intellect. It’s possible for me to make such assessments on someone else’s friendships, because true friendships are never about superiority. Real friends wouldn’t belittle each other, consciously or unconsciously.
Some of the best teachers I’ve had were the ones who didn’t take themselves too seriously, weren’t afraid of asking questions, and honestly admitted to their mistakes. These true intellects never called someone “dumb” when he or she didn’t know what they knew; they understood that lack of knowledge in one subject doesn’t translate to incompetence in ALL areas; and they appreciated the fact that everyone has something to learn and something to teach.
From what I know, Harry never went around calling himself smart. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the media’s narrative of him cast doubt on his own intelligence at times. While some of malicious journalists may have written such words to lower his self-esteem, I think they can serve a different purpose. Because of such words, Harry is more likely to SEEK wisdom and knowledge; he’s more likely to be humble; and such actions will prevent him from his potential downfall.
Some may argue that his “potential” downfall is already here; but I disagree. It’s not a mistake that defines you; it’s the motivation behind your misstep. “Sovereign Lord, you alone know” (Ezekiel 37:3 NIV) the goodness He’s placed in Harry’s heart. Just like Job proclaimed that “My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover up my sin” (Job 14:17), God will do the same and do more for Harry, because “Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 29 NKJV)
Thank you, my dear friend, 💖💖💖