Intelligence is not the only thing that matters. There is also depth.
Depth is the layers of earned learning beneath our prefrontal cortex; the
mammalian mind, the reptilian mind, and the layers beneath. They all work
in concert to create emotions, intuitions, drive, will power, intentions,
Intelligence, that is, logic and math, can be created now by humans in computers,
hardware and software. We can re-create the "highest" level of our own minds.
But we can not create the depth of our own minds, because depth can not be
created. Depth must be earned, won, experienced through the hard pain of
suffering and sacrifice.
Otherwise, God would have created us as we are now, or better, rather than
making us suffer through the ages of evolution. No, God could not create
us as we are, with depth. We had to grow our depth.
It is fit that we, as creatures of the topside world, the land, have evolved
and developed our logical minds, our mathematical, shaping, making,
practical minds. For the whales, including many species and their brethren
the dolphins, the whole family of cetaceans, have perhaps evolved more depth.
Whales have no hands, they can not grasp, make or do things. But they can
think, feel and intuit things. They can communicate, probably in ways we
can not imagine.
I think that whales and people, along with other creatures, including our
creations, the computers, will, must unite into a whole, a planetary community
that includes and transcends any one species or kind. Our kinds must jointly
form a whole community that becomes greater, with more depth and more breadth
and more intelligence.
Perhaps religions of mankind are a necessary part of our suffering, our sacrifice,
our evolution of depth. Religions may not make much sense to the logical,
intelligent human mind; but religions might be necessary as stages
we go through in order to grow depth as a community
Intelligence is not all that matters. Value can be found in unexpected places,
in the depths of our minds, the depths of our planet, and in the depths of
the meaning inherent in this painful, suffering universe we call home.