Friend Susan said the following: do you feel like there are people in the world who are like, too smart for you to talk to? or do you feel like you can basically hold your own with everyone?
i am thinking about how rare it is that i feel like someone is smarter than i am, and that is making me feel like maybe i am a snob. but then i was like, but maybe everyone feels like this and i am not a snob.
like i can name people who are smarter than me, or who are smarter about stuff that i am not smart about than i am, but like, in general, i would never be like “oh you are really smart, i can’t even talk to you.” but people say that to me sometimes. but i hate it when they say that.
To which I replied: People say that to me about musical taste. Like they don’t want to tell me they’re actual favorites out of fear that i’ll judge them. As if i am just like not fun and don’t understand how joy works or something. Or they just really really hate themselves.
I cant think offhand of anyone who i wouldn’t talk to because they are too smart. But i can think of a lot of people i would feel like i would make a giant dork of myself in front of because of my admiration or intimidation of.
But like. Noam Chomsky. If i had something to say to Noam Chomsky about something I cared about i maybe would. And i would not tell him he was too smart for me to talk to. Even though like
He is. But he’s also a teacher and a farter and so he must be able to relate to other humans in different ways than smartypantsness.
And that’s when she said: The most important part of this email is when you called Chomsky a “farter.”
And then I sent her the below image: