Existential Intelligence

Sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence such as, what is the meaning of life?
Why do we die? How did we get here?

Existential intelligence has been valued in every known human culture. Cultures devise religious, mystical, or metaphysical systems for dealing with existential issues; and in modern times or in secular settings, aesthetic, philosophical, and scientific works and systems also speak to this ensemble of human needs.—Howard Gardner

 Gardner defines existential intelligence as “a concern with ultimate life issues.” He describes the core ability of this intelligence as “the capacity to locate oneself with respect to the furthest reaches of the cosmos— the infinite and the infinitesimal—and the related capacity to locate oneself with respect to such existential features of the human condition as the significance of life, the meaning of death, the ultimate fate
-religion teacher