I is for “intelligence”
I once worked with a guy who, when I used the word “exoskeleton” in the break room, got really quiet and said, “You’re really smart, aren’t you?” I thought for a moment and answered, “No, I just know a few specialized things. So do you. We just know different things.”
People think that because you have a shelf full of Jane Austen you must be intelligent. Well, all that proves is that I’ve got taste. I like to think of myself as fairly intelligent, but I know that I am capable of incredible stupidity. So is everyone.
The trick is controlling that, and that is where many people fall short.