I was used to it. Apart from my college years, I've never had a lot of friends. My attitude toward anyone who wanted to hang out was the same as with girls who came on to me: There must be something wrong with you.
Guess what. I was right, as this recent headline confirmed:
Why smart people tend to be loners: Having lots of friends and socialising makes intelligent people miserable
|No, just smart.|
Ah ha! There it was. I'm surrounded by morons! Let me tell you, that was a load of my mind.
Suddenly, my gut feeling towards groups of friends on the street or subway was actually correct: These people sound like idiots.
The brains of our hunter-gatherer ancestors were perfectly adapted to life on the African savannah, where there population would have been sparse, living in groups of around 150.
Social interaction would have been crucial to survival, in terms of co-operation and finding a mate, but the space was equally important.
So even way, way back in the day, the general thinking among the smart set was Gimme my space, man! But what does preparing bronto-burgers have to do with the 21st-century blues?
The researchers believe smarter individuals may be able to better adapt to the challenges of modern life, and may find it easier to leave ancestral social roots behind in order to forge ahead.
As for hooking up the Blu-Ray player, DVR and international DVD player to our TV... I had to wait until the wife cleared out for the morning so I could read the instructions out loud to myself in order to figure out what I was doing. But unlike my ancestors, I'm smart enough not to hunt raccoon in Central Park for lunch.
So as I spend another day in splendid isolation, I do so in the knowledge that I'm special. Go to your parties, soirees, or whatever is you socializing cattle do. I'm too smart for that nonsense.
Also smart enough to know that "raccoon" is the preferred plural of the word. Nyah-nyah!