We know that not all humans are truly equal. Some are born with a larger capacity to use their full intelligence and some, no matter how hard they try will never approach the intelligence of another. Whether a person chooses to development themselves intellectually is up to their free-will, but nevertheless each person has their own upper limit.
The question is, do all spirits have an equal capacity for intelligence or are some spirits created with an intellectual advantage? Allan Kardec, asked the question in his The Spirits Book:
127. Are all spirits created equal in point of intellectual capacity?
“They are all created equal, but not knowing from whence they come; for their free-will must have its fling. They progress more or less rapidly in intelligence as in morality.”
Therefore, we all start out the same, as a spirit there is no inherent limit, in relation to other spirits, in our intellectual ability. Our development of our abilities, like our spiritual quotient, is up to us.
Intelligence and morality do not necessarily increase together. We have all seen very intelligent individuals who are morally flawed and we have witnessed the reverse, a nice and loving person who is of average or below intelligence. But, a person’s IQ doesn’t necessarily correspond to their intelligence in the spirit world. The trials selected for a person may entail a cap of their reasoning.
Hence, while our physical world is full of limiting factors, all designed to teach us what we so sorely require, in the spirit world we are literally created equal. Whatever difference in level and talent is a matter of the relative age and desire to improve by each soul.
Spiritism extols the virtue of treating all with respect, while at the same time recognizing some will be superior in intelligence, morality, and character than others. On earth there will be spirits from many different levels of maturity and it is the obligation of more advanced spirits to kindly assist spirits at a lower maturity level. This is really what noblesse oblige should mean to all of us, the more fortunate guide the welfare of the less so.
Learn more about the levels of spirits and how we are prepared for life on earth by reading The Case For Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection.