Question-The point you made was about loving education. Is the love for education an innate love or an acquisitive one? How can we direct its acquisitive aspect towards the right path?
Answer-An article had been written roughly forty years ago in Tabriz in which some people had argued whether the intelligence of the genius is innate or acquisitive. There were also some people who had written about the matter“the intelligence of the geniuses”.
I remember a woman who had written an article regarding this matter which was surprising. She had made a lot of effort. In that time I was only talking about it, and I said I believe that the source of genius isdual: it is not only innate and not only acquisitive. It means what has been put within the human’s existence should be activated.
It happens rarely for a human to not have the love for knowledge and understanding intrinsically, but due to some bad friends or some events which the person has not been able to overcome, we see that he loses interest. For example he has a friend who is interested in traveling and justifies going here and there when talking to him, therefore the motivation for studying is slowly lost in that person.
My opinion is that the Talibeh mostly like knowledge when they come to Hawzah, except for very rare cases. This is love itself, and interest, and motivation. It is the teacher who has to make this motivation seem sweeter in his eyes as well.
I sometimes leave the argument incomplete and tell the students: write this argument down. They imagine we don’t know about it. For example I say: “I did not find it” and then I say: “bring this argument for next class”. If they do so then I will encourage them and if they don’t I’ll complain.
I say: “unfortunately I mentioned it last week but there was no one who would write it for me.” These have been put in human nature, and we need to teach lessons gradually so that they progress step by step. Unfortunately in some cases our Hawzah doesn’t have this motivation.
The one who studies and the one who doesn’t are the same in their eyes. That is why I believe genius to be both innate and acquisitive. It is a motivation which has to be put in progress. I have to thank Hawzahfor announcing the best teacher, the best student, the best article etc. these days. This is very effective and makes the person to work harder and get rewarded.