I’m really not stupid
Dear Sarcastic Sage,
I am tired of people treating me like I am an idiot. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, but then again who hasn’t. I know I don’t always think things through and a lot of what I’ve done has been driven on impulse. That doesn’t mean though I am stupid or inept. How do I get people to start treating me like I know what I doing without making myself look more like an idiot.
-Wouldn’t you like to know?
Dear “Wouldn’t you like to know?”,
Often times, those who believe themselves to be of average or above average intelligence or ability, usually fall into two groups. Individuals in the first group wrongly average out the intelligence or abilities of the general population solely on their circle of friends and acquaintances. The second type falsely evaluates the intelligence of others as subpar (for how can a stupid person know whether or not he is stupid?). In both cases, the result is the same: the person doing the evaluation ends up with an overinflated figure about his own intelligence.
Now, if you’ve managed to get through this explanation without curling up in a fetal position and cowering in the corner of your room, you must realize that life has, more likely than not, dealt you a bum hand, and that you’ll have to get used to a life of being treated like an idiot (or rather, the idiot that you are).
Would you like terrible advice? Why not ask the Sarcastic Sage?