Ponder this

Intelligence: the ability to act and interact in your environment (humankind and the natural world) in a positive and productive manner. The ability to adapt and persevere while choosing actions that lead to positive outcomes. Accepting that when you make mistakes, it causes a ripple of harm to all. The willingness and strength to own mistakes and avoid additional mistakes.

Ill-intent: the ability to act and interact with your environment in a negative and counterproductive manner. The ability to adapt and persevere while choosing negative actions leading to negative outcomes. Knowing that when you make mistakes, it causes a ripple of harm to all. The willingness to let others own your mistakes and exploit others while playing the victim when additional mistakes are made. 

Positive actions and behaviors: lead to growth, sustain life, protect dignity, create, build, sustain, overcome, persevere… 

Negative actions and behaviors: lead to death, destroy life, exploit others, divide, quit, make excuses, play the victim… 

I have interacted with a lot of very educated people in many parts of the world and walks of life. The more I interact with them, the more I understand that education and intelligence do not go hand in hand. Both good and evil exist in this world. Good people fit the definition of intelligence, and evil people fit the definition of ill-intent. That percentage of people who are of ill-intent has always been among us and always will be. We cannot stop it or control it, but we can learn to protect ourselves if we accept that they do exist. We must constantly and relentlessly confront and expose ill-intended people. We will never be rid of these people, but we do not have to live by their rules or be subjected to their abuse.

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Phillip Parrish

Phillip Parrish is owner and founder of phillipcparrish.com, The Minnesotan, and Phillip C Parrish Music. Security consultant, investigator, author, musician, and entrepreneur, Phillip provides his clients leadership training as well as investigative analysis and assessment of company process and procedural vulnerabilities.