“I was thinking about critical thinking some more,” I told the soldier. “Remember that phrase, emotional intelligence?”
“Emotional intelligence?” he asked. The soldier spent most his life in the jungle and missed a lot of this stuff.
“Yeah, emotional intelligent or EQ. Someone wrote a book, it was all over Oprah and stuff. It was about how you could be stupid but emotionally smart. You’re not really stupid because you are emotionally very smart.”
He laughed. “I think I’d rather study,” he said. “I think I’d rather know something.”
“Yeah, I know. But this is another one of the ways and reasons things shifted in the culture. It is okay to do nothing with your mind because *YOU* are one of the emotionally intelligent. It makes no sense. If you can’t think critically, your emotions are going to run away with you, seems to me. It’s as if knowing why you feel something is of no consequence. You can just sit there in your high EQ and that’s enough.”