Intellectual snobs

It is fascinating how easily people forget how it is not to know. Or how much interests, skills and capacities are different from one person to another. In the past few months, I have often heard the sentence “they just don’t see it” to complain about people who would refuse to get a certain point of view, see the benefits of a project or the bigger picture.

What struck me is that the fault was always with the person something was explained to. It never seemed to be with the person who was explaining. On the contrary, the people I have in mind were rather pleased or even proud of not being understood. They looked down on those who were not able or willing to understand the complex, complicated thinking. Though if they were all this intelligent and brilliant, why this incapacity if not resistance to show others what is meant, to break it down and to make yourself understood?

Amazing the difference a few years and a degree can make.

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