|Am I Intelligent or a Narcissistic Prick?||February 13, 2014, 9:44 pm|
Recently, I've been noticing myself getting into the habit of analyzing the intelligence of other people. In doing this, I've been judging a large number of individuals as stupid for a number of reasons. I feel as though the people around me are thinking in ways that are very simple, whereas my own thoughts are far more complex. Yet at the same time, I wonder if other individuals are thinking the same thing about me, and our thoughts are of equal complexity, only to be dumbed down by the natural inadequacies of language. In addition, I find my self often silently refuting the statements of others without the patience or confidence to open said refutes to others. As a result, I tend not to know whether or not there is a genuine counter to an argument I present, or any sort of an argument against my refute is based in fallacy and ignorance. At the same time, I fear bringing up my refutes for fear of upsetting or offending individuals. This causes me to silently assume individuals as incompetent without giving them chance enough to prove their worth.
I really didn't see this as an issue until I noticed that the individuals I seem to deem smart are those that have opinions and personalities similar to mine.
I want to tell myself I'm asking this because I don't want to overestimate myself, but perhaps even asking this question is just a way for me to validate my own perceived superior intellect? Fuck, I can't tell at this point.
Long story short, I can't tell if I think I'm smarter than other people because I actually am, or because it's natural for humans to think to themselves that they are smarter than other humans. Am I really "smarter" than most people or do I just have a line of thought within a minority?