Intellectualism and Society
Updated: May 18
As an intellectual, I do not feel connected or disconnected from the rest of society.
During my younger years, I did feel some disconnection, but I believe this feeling was a product of my own thinking, rather than a result of interactions with the external world.
You see, back in my teenage years, when I first began my intellectual endeavors, my understanding of society was very limited and very generalizing. This made my assumptions about society in those days most likely to be incorrect and even stereotypical.
As I grew up and became less immature, however, I have realized that society is not a homogeneous entity. Instead, it is a heterogeneous spectrum of different levels and aspects. The fact that I am an intellectual does not make me above this spectrum of diverse vividness.
I have also realized that my intellectual abilities do not make me necessarily better than other people. While I have specific skills in the intellectual area, I might be above average when it comes to other, different areas. And no area is necessarily better than other areas surrounding our lives.
I believe that everyone has something to offer society, regardless of their intellectual level. We all have unique experiences, perspectives, and talents that can be valuable to others. It is important to remember that we are all connected, and that we can all learn from each other.
There is a stereotype that intellectuals are better than other people. I only agree partially. Intellectuals are better than other people in one or more intellectual fields, but one's prosperity in one or several fields does not make them prosperous in all the different fields out there.
As I have slowly become more sober from the stereotypical delusions surrounding the categories that are, technically, some components of my personality, I have realized that I am, in many ways, like the rest of society. Assuming that one is an extremely rare "specimen" because of one's intellect is technically a logical fallacy. It takes one's positive attributes and unproportionally exaggerates them.
Based on all that I have written in this article, I justify the first sentence by claiming that society is not a unified entity with the same homogeneous attributes. There are other intellectuals that I can find a common language with, within society, and there are people that I am unable to do so. This logic would be the same if I had different positive attributes, like being a good musician, a dedicated sports fan, a hardcore gamer, and so forth.