The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that.
I think of an intellectual as just being bookish, being interested in history books, utopian ideas, that kind of thing.
I think that a good Left is a party that always thinks about the future and doesn't care much about our past sins.
The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.