So we mean the word intelligence to refer to any aptitude, talent, intellectual, or social capability. And we mean the word engaged in the sense of being engrossed, involved, occupied, and committed in particular ways during some sort of endeavor. Engaged Intelligence means that we have engaged our minds and our aptitudes to make good decisions about 1) what is worth doing, 2) how best to do it and 3) how to solve problems that arise in the course of doing it. How so?
Just as the race-course for the caucus race was sort of a circle and everyone was placed here and there, then left to decide for themselves where to begin and where to end, so too, most of what we do is like a caucus race.
There is very little that goes on in life that does not require a decision of some sort. Perhaps after you really think about it, you will agree that sleeping and other states of unconsciousness, like comas, are the only states in which decision-making does not occur. Everything else we set out to do in life requires a decision--even if we are unaware that we are deciding. The main decisions we make have to do with where to begin and where to end--just the same as for a caucus race.
Also, just as in a caucus race, there is no real beginning, and no actual ending of anything, excepting what we decide is so--or decide to agree is so. We make our decisions of beginnings and endings along a continuum. What those decisions are depends upon how wide the continuum happens to be for each of us---and how far back and how far forward it extends within each of our minds.
AND…and this is very important to know…each of us begins somewhere here or there on that continuum at a place that may be very different from everyone else. None of us starts from exactly the same place and none of decides to end at exactly the same place, or in exactly the same way. Even if we are not aware we are doing so, each of us decides for ourselves where to begin and where to end---regardless of what it is that we're beginning or ending…and regardless of where it is we are supposed to go.
A caucus race is a wonderful thing. It is a sport that everyone can win by simply choosing to stand somewhere upon the continuum and then choosing to engage in a common activity in an individual way. A caucus race is any and all of the activities of a life--work, play, school, family, community--everything that we do which occupies our time, our energy and whatever resources we have available to us. The only way you can win at life, however, is if you decide to play. There are no fixed and absolute rules for doing what we do in our lives--other than those that we believe are so.
However, the world outside of us provides certain reactions as we run our caucus race. How we identify and interpret these reactions is what determines whether we are engaging our intelligence in what we're doing. So, even though you might think that there's no need for coaching, since everyone wins in a caucus race despite a complete lack of rules, that is just not so. First, there is not a complete lack of rules. An