Why is there prejudice against the highly intelligent and educated among us?
The answer in my opinion is simple; human being being social animals tend to divide into groups amongst themselves based on interest and various commonalities. We also tend to follow certain stereotypes religiously; one of which would be that "It is awesome to be cool and weird to be too brainy/intelligent".
As a result of this those who are intelligent amongst us always seem to find themselves in a certain stereotyped box where certain things can never be expected of them. I believe popular culture is responsible for this prejudice.
Hi, I would just add to QudsiaP1's answer that we also tend to bring people, who we perceive to be better than us, down. It is a crab mentality. You know when you put a lot of crabs into a pot and start boiling them, some of them could get out by climbing over others. But the others on the other hadn tend to pull them down so all of them boil in the end.
Essentially, because people who aren't as smart/eduated, etc. have a number of responses...
a) They freel threatened because if they can't keep up, they will be overtaken.
b) They feel jealous because smart/educated people are rewarded in ways that they aren't
c) They feel embarrassed and humiliated because their mistakes are exposed for all to see. This is the part where, instead of looking at their ignorance and fallibility, they accuse smart, educated people as being arrogant.
d) or they are so ignorant and lacking that they honestly cannot see someone else as smarter and more informed. In that case claim superiority by virtue of numbers...
You are so correct regarding this premise. It is mostly envy and jealousy on the part of those who do not possess the same capabilities as those who are highly educated and intelligent. Thank you Sophie for your intelligent and insightful response
I"ve never noticed a prejudice here in California. Education and intelligence shouldn't bring resentment unless it is presented w/ an attitude of superiority or exclusion.
Many problems/issues are rooted in fear. Fear can make people angry, insecure, violent or passively introverted. Some of these people can't stand the perception of elitism. Americans especially seem to get uncomfortable with the intellectual. And sometimes you just fear what you don't understand.
"Some of these people can't stand the perception of elitism." I think that there is a belief amongst some that if one is smarter, richer, prettier, or whatever, then one is better than others. I don't think one is better than others ever.
If there is a prejudice, it's because of the few that ask questions that they know the average Joe can't answer. They try to dazzle people with their knowledge for the sake of stroking their own inflated ego. If your purpose is to teach and share that knowledge you are blessed with, bless you back. But if it's just to inflate your own head a little more, save it.
Remember the one bad apple thing.
Oh, you mean that the average Joe feels stupid? Yes, I understand that. The old saying is that if one doesn't know the answer, one doesn't contribute. Better to remain quiet and say nothing than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
There is nothing stupid about not knowing an answer. And we can't feel that way. Not trying to learn the answer, That's stupid. Some intelligent people don't do this to make you feel stupid. They are bolstering their egos. Don't let'em.
Idono, when someone asks me something I don't know, I say, "I don't know." That does not make me feel stupid. However, a lot of people feel compelled to answer things that they don't know. In any event, I was referring to your original post...
I believe the majority of people consider themselves flawed...nose too big, stomach, butt not up to community standards, and so on. Hence the great popularity of self help books, dvds, etc. We have a tendency to underestimate ourselves and are
irritated by any perceived advantage we see in someone else. This irritation causes fear and fear always brings hatred along for the ride.
Have you ever noticed how MUCH you have to learn to learn just how much there IS to learn? I read somewhere that 80% of us think we are smarter than average! How is that POSSIBLE? I think when a person's education on a given subject begins and ends with his/her own intuition, we tend to take correction as a personal insult. An educated person is often more interested in LEARNING than showing off what they "know". This has the unfortunate effect of making the most ignorant folks the most proud of their intelligence.
Some of the smartest people I have met are also the most HUMBLE on their given subject, while a layman tends to think his own limited exposure is the standard against which other insights are judged.
One word, 'jealousy'. You will always find that Jealousy is where hate begins and where friendships end.
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