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    Boring old fossil Night's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel De Mazarin View Post
    I found myself flinching when Michael Johnson was saying Phelps hadn't done anything to compare to his own achievement at the Atlanta games... and I often have to keep a check on my estimation of my own intellectual worth... sometimes I think I'm really smart, and then I read about what other people are doing in the world... like a high school student isolating bacteria which breaks down plastic faster than anything else we've ever seen... or a Thomas Pynchon novel...
    I think we're in the same boat here.

    To my mind, when one uses achievement as a way of superficially elevating social status and/or as an instrument to marginalize others is typically when we cringe. Most prefer a graceful champion.

    True eminence is rare.

    Understanding how to use it, even more so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night View Post
    Most times, vast intelligence is fairly self-evident.

    It's not something that commonly requires aggressive advertisement.
    I agree.

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    Just try to meet as many people as you can and talk to them a bit. You'll naturally stray away from those you're not comfortable with. There's a lot of different people in this world man. You're bound to meet someone even if it takes a while. And that person might slowly warm up to you and become more accepting and you'll both be comfortable. Even if you don't, it's not like you're losing anything you know?

    Maybe just time... But you'll also learn a bunch of different things.

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    Just be a good listener and make socializing interesting to you.

    You illustrate yourself as near-emotionless...Why do you want to talk to people?
    Still using a needle to break apart a grain of sand.

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