The Dharma, According To An Idiot
We are just pure consciousness-
no intelligence needed.
Note how an original meaning of a word downgrades, and shapes society.
The word ‘idiot’ comes from the Greek ‘idiōtēs’ – a private person or citizen, an individual (as opposed to the state). A person lacking professional skill; a layman.
In Latin, ‘idiota’ meant ‘uneducated’, ‘ignorant’, ‘common’ and, in Late Latin, came to mean ‘crude’, ‘illiterate’, ‘ignorant’.
In French, it kept the meaning of ‘illiterate’ and ‘ignorant’, and added the meaning ‘stupid’ in the 13th century.
In English, the meaning ‘mentally deficient’ was added in the 14th century.
The above really refers to an unsophisticated person who doesn’t fit into a society. When it comes to the teaching of the Buddha, it’s about the innate nature that is common to everyone, and which is beyond any sophistication and elaboration, and beyond ritual, text and prayer.