Righteous Doormats & Violent Cupcakes

digital artworkThey’re everywhere, I tell you, misunderstood geniuses and wolves in sheep’s clothing. The former, naturally, are a self-identifying group and the latter generally people who pose as, and more often than not, sincerely believe themselves to be, benign when they are in reality malignant. And it amazes me yet more profoundly to note how many humans manage to occupy the intersecting subset. A veritable embarrassment of riches, I say.digital artworkThe Misunderstood Genius [MG] sorts I have known range from those with certifiably stratospheric IQs to  folk I would deem more simply ‘certifiable‘, yet the number fitting into the truly brilliant bunch continually astonish me with their ability to be fantastically endowed with intelligence and ignorant or downright stupid in perfect simultaneity. The clear and incessantly demonstrated fact is that a high IQ has nothing to do with self-awareness, social skills, political acumen or just plain being right. While MGs are busy nursing their indignation over being ignored and repressed, made the scapegoat, under-appreciated, envied, maltreated and squelched by their personal versions of The Man, and muttering imprecations into their shiny academic loving-cups, their supposed inferiors are burnishing less impressive tools to get something real accomplished or merely live life.digital artworkMeanwhile, since the universe would so clearly be better (!) if it accepted MGs’ greatness, these people tend to see themselves as benefactors of the universe, if not its modest deities. Being misapprehended and under-admired is not proof, after all, that one isn’t fabulous. This is where the intersection of neglected magnificence and false-faced kindliness is nurtured. While there is a whole range of persons who present themselves as sweet and cuddly and kindhearted and are anything-but, right on up to full-blown sociopaths, there is this weird zone within it that is the dwelling place of those who think themselves unfairly ostracized or disliked. Whether they do so consciously or not, it seems to me that many MGs also build up quite a repertoire of acts wherein they play at sympathetic and philanthropic and other deliciously, invitingly admirable roles, all the while keeping a hand free to check on the availability of their ‘concealed carry’. It’s not only the guy in the clock tower that’s picking off passersby with his rifle but, more often, the one armed only with attitude that picks off everyone around, one chip of the communal atmosphere of support and collegiality and congeniality at a time.

7 thoughts on “Righteous Doormats & Violent Cupcakes

    • I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m far more experienced with the latter than with the former! Ah, well, I can only hope that someday the correlation will come into play in my favor somehow. 😉

  1. Totally agree with you. Often it seems the more intelligent a person is the more apt they are to live within their own neurological universe. A universe which rarely includes the need for social nicety’s. I’ve begun to call this having “a low social IQ”. Which is by no means the same as having a low “emotional IQ” nor the equivalent of lacking empathy for others. Truth is, most times MG’s just don’t see others or are otherwise so completely baffled by them that they tune in to the comfort zone of their own ways of thinking as a form of self defense. Neither of which helps their concepts of persecution or expands their understanding of others.

      • Thank you but actually no I haven’t posted on this topic as such. Though I do post often about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and I majored in philosophy a few years back. So I very much enjoyed the language and concepts within your post.

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