- Why is human intelligence so perfectly adapted to invisible realties that played no role in the selection of our genes?
- Why is there nothing in the world commensurate with the nature of human intelligence, which easily transcends everything into which it comes into contact, including our own evolution?
- If we comprehend our own evolution, isn't this another way of saying that we transcend it?
- And if we don't comprehend it, isn't Darwinism, ipso facto, false?
Schuon notes the truism that "It is only too evident that mental effort does not automatically give rise to the perception of the real; the most capable mind may be the vehicle of the grossest error." How can this be?
- First, it results from an intelligence "that is exclusively 'horizontal,' hence lacking all awareness of 'vertical' relationships."
- Secondly, it results from "an extra-intellectual element, such as sentimentality or passion; the exclusivism of 'horizontality' creates a void that the irrational necessarily comes to fill." In short, as all psychoanalysts and true theologians know, reason is more often than not a slave of the passions.