Probably the only protection for contemporary man is to discover how to use his intelligence in the service of love and kindness. The training of human intelligence must include the simultaneous development of the empathic capacity. Only in this way can intelligence be made an instrument of social morality and responsibility- and thereby increase the chances of survival. The need to produce human beings with trained morally sensitive intelligence is essentially a challenge to educators and educational institutions. Traditionally, the realm of social morality was left to religion and the churches as guardians or custodians. But their failure to fulfil this responsibility and their yielding to the seductive lures of the men of wealth and pomp and power are documents used by the history of the last two thousand years and have now resulted in the irrelevant “God Is Dead”
theological rhetoric. The more pragmatic men of power have had no time or inclination to deal with the fundamental problems of social morality. For them simplistic Machiavellianism must remain the guiding principle of their decisions – power is morality, morality is power. This over-simplification increases the chances of nuclear devastation.
We must therefore hope that educators and educational institutions have the capacity, the commitment and the time to in-still moral sensitivity as an integral part of the complex pattern of functional human intelligence. Some way must be found in the training of human beings to give them the assurance to love, the security to be kind, and the integrity
required for a functional empathy.
The safeguard and existence of man lies in his ability to train and employ mental abilities for under the standing feeling and emotion of others. Imparting moral intelligence is an uphill task for teachers. Customarily, moral education fell in the domain of religious people but, their surrender to worldly temptations caused people to disbelief in God. Similarly,
politicians showed disinterest in morality and equated it with power. It can only be wished that teachers lack the knowledge importance of morality and sensitize human intelligence to basic human emotions.
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TITLE: Moral Intelligence – a key to human survival
Training human intelligence in social morality
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Words required after making précis: 252/3 = 84
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