Intellectualism and Society

Intellectualism and Society

As an intellectual, I do not feel connected, nor disconnected, from the rest of society.

During my younger years I have indeed felt 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, where I first begun my intellectual endeavors, my understanding of society was very limited and very generalizing, making my assumptions towards society in these days, most likely to be incorrect, and even stereotypical.

As I grew up and become less unripe, however, I have realized that society, rather than a homogenic entity, is actually a heterogenic spectrum of different levels at different aspects, and the fact that I am an intellectual, doesn’t 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, since 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.

There is this stereotype, that intellectuals are better than other people. I only agree partially - intellectuals are better than other people in one or more intellectual fields, and one’s prosperity in one or several fields doesn’t make them prosperous in all the different fields out there.

With my slowly-increasing sobriety from 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, and assuming that one is an extremely rare “specimen” because of one’s intellect, is technically a logical fallacy, that takes one’s positive attributes, and un-proportionally exaggerates them.

Based on all what I have written in this article - I justify the first sentence by claiming that society is not a unified entity with the same homogenic 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’ve been the same if I had different positive attributes, like being a good musician, a dedicated sports fan, a hardcore gamer and so forth.

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