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Discussing intelligence and the comparable values of intellectual and physical labor reminded me of Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement with Dorothy Day. Maurin whose family in France worked the land, according to Peter, for over 1,000 years, anticipated your guest's attitudes when he treated the question by asking about the effects of labor on the person (Personalism). To Peter, breaking down production as in the assembly line was soul deadening as the worker did one thing and one thing only and was constantly under pressure to do it faster. An example of what it could mean to work at a job like that is up on You Tube from the play "Sizwe Banzi is Dead" in which a black South African in the days of apartheid recounts the job he left at the Ford Motor Company's plant after the visit of Henry Ford II. Getting back to Peter Maurin, he hoped the Catholic Worker would become a place "where scholars could become workers and workers could become scholars." He saw intelligence, I think, as a virtue to be pursued, rather than a quality that one either possessed or didn't.