Real intelligence is a creative use of knowledge, not merely an accumulation of facts. The slow thinker who can finally come up with an idea of his own is more important to the world than a walking encyclopedia who hasn’t learned how to use this information productively.
When asked to explain the purpose of philosophy, Wittgenstein replied that the value of philosophy lies in showing the fly the way out of the bottle. The fly’s senses reveal its world to be all around it, and yet the fly cannot access that world. Instead, it keeps hitting the walls of its glass prison, not understanding the nature of the barriers to its freedom. The senses reveal so much but yet they reveal nothing at all; they tell part of the truth of the real world but not it all. The senses do not reveal the way out of the bottle, the prison of the senses, they do not show the paths to truth and freedom