Looking at the recent antics of the British establishment as they make it only too obvious they will stop at nothing to thwart the democratic vote of the British public to leave the EU made me think about the difference between clever and intelligent. These people are very clever, no doubt about it, but I submit that they are unintelligent. They are all highly educated, extremely proficient with language and adept at argument but they see nothing and they understand nothing. Their minds are capable of constructing and finding their way through elaborate mazes but they have no clarity of vision or ability to see the deeper picture. They remind me of the Pharisees who constantly sought to entrap Jesus in some theological or legal nicety but did so not for love of truth or goodness but simply to maintain their positions of authority and places at the top of the financial pile.
The same patterns always repeat themselves. The people Jesus came to were simple people. Few of them were of the elite of the day. I am not romanticising the common man. After all, these were the ones who shouted for Barabbas. The common man has no special claim to virtue. However, there is a class of person who make their way to the top, especially in a so-called meritocracy when the merely clever often get on at the expense of the truly intelligent (no, this is not sour grapes!), because they have ambition and a gift of self-marketing and are able to fit in with bureaucratic procedures. They are the people who would gladly sell their soul (partly because they don't believe in a soul) for worldly advantage. They are subtle and articulate and able to grasp abstraction well but they lack any true insight.
In the modern highly educated world there are clever people in abundance. This partly explains the mess we are in.