(see also A wise man, a foolish man)
A man quickly learns that there are things about his world he doesn’t understand.
An intelligent man sets off to discover things he does not know through observation, deduction and experimentation.
A righteous man imagines possible solutions by way of grandiose speculation.
An intelligent man searches for clues in the tapestry of his universe as to the realities it contains.
A righteous man avoids knowing things that may result in answers he does not like.
An intelligent man quickly discovers there are some things he is as of yet not able to understanding with his current faculty of reason and knowledge of the universe around him.
A righteous man quickly learns he is good at avoiding truths that do not suit his desires.
An intelligent man finds that when he begins with things that he is capable of understanding, he can discover a great many additional things based on that knowledge.
A righteous main fails to realize that there are things he will never understand because he chooses not to know them.
An intelligent man discovers that other intelligent men may have discovered truths about things he was as yet incapable of understanding himself.
A righteous man resents people that claim to know things that don’t fit his desire of what they ‘should’ be.
An intelligent man will seek to exchange the information he has discovered with those that have discovered things that he has not.
A righteous man will proselytize his view of super-natural causes to find others that will share and support his extravagant speculations.
An intelligent man ever examines ideas, creates experiments to verify or deny them and tries not to bias his own process with conclusions drawn before the fact.
A righteous man bands together with followers and organizes an entire system of belief around the so-called realities they have contrived.
An intelligent man is not afraid to allow other intelligent men to scrutinize his findings and, in fact, welcomes it.
A righteous man denounces opposing views, demonizes their purveyors and calls upon all their fellow believers to follow their example – without ever examining said views for accuracy.
An intelligent man ever exercises skepticism and critical thinking.
A righteous man glorifies the notion of blind faith.
An intelligent man exercises objective reasoning.
A righteous man votes republican.
[NOTE: The use of righteous in this context is akin with ‘self-righteous’ or the slang usage of ‘righteous‘ (absolutely genuine or wonderful). I used it meaning “one who is content in finding answers only suitable to himself”. But ‘self-righteous’ was a tad cumbersome to be repeating every other line.]