Pursued by many, hated by few,
Many strive to be smarter, some despise those who are smarter than themselves
It's amazing how much I can do.
By gaining knowledge, you can do more
Creation, enlargement, or despise,
Create ideas, gain knowledge, despise (emotion)
Tell me now where you keep your eyes.
Always moving forward, looking for new opportunities to understand
Life or death, on different fronts,
In the pursuit of knowledge, many can die if not careful how they obtain it.
I am the goal of many hunts.
Again, striving for a fuller understanding
All may have, and all seem to want,
A certain level of intellect, many try to gain more...
But in different ways, now don't flaunt.
Don't show off your intellect, it is becoming of you
I may be the beginning, or maybe the end,
Without it, we cease functioning or we're merely floating along in space
So riddle out what I am my friend.
My other guess:
"Focus", but I wasn't sure how to answer the parts of the riddle with it just yet.