If someone says to me "whoa, you're smart", I take it as a compliment, because it is. It doesn't make things unequal whatsoever, since my intelligence has nothing to do with my success in life. I doubt I'm higher in that category than most of the people I'm talking to. My intelligence might give me a general advantage in certain areas, but definitely not others. It's not the only spectrum to rate a person's worth or even that important of one.