Saturday, June 14, 2008

You See Deep Truths No One Else Does

I appreciate smart people. I appreciate experts. I appreciate that there are people who are smarter than me and more expert than me in every subject. I appreciate that I have plenty to learn from others, and am glad when it happens.

What I don't appreciate are people who assume that many people in the room are much stupider than they are and deliberately or inadvertently make this clear. As in, "I bet a lot of you think X, but in fact you're wrong!" when most likely not all that many people actually thought X to begin with because X was a pretty stupid thing. I'm talking about people who have a speaking, writing, or lecturing style which is always about projecting a bunch of misconceptions onto the crowd and then doing them the service of correcting their errant thoughts.