Better A Nerd Than A Mediocre, Better An Aristocrat Than The Hoi Polloi

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Enough of this nonsense! Society and its traditional corporate jobs leaves little room for that and there is a lot of historical evidence pointing to the fact that such able individuals usually survive from jobs far below their potential, in conditions close to poverty because their minds are somewhere else.

So, there is a lot of reason to believe that creative people should not expect much from society; sad, but true. And there is a paradox here, because in the long run is society the direct beneficiary of their creations, inventions and explorations. Paul Gaugin was employed in the banking industry at the last part of the nineteenth century, and as such would have died anonymous in France.

But the development of his peculiar style, the abandonment of his former life and voyage to Tahiti, and what he did actually after he left the mainstream constitute his magnificent legacy for humankind. Ironically, banks are among those most benefited when some of his paintings go to auctions and sell for millions, not to mention that the same kind of scholars that were outraged by the work of imressionists like Gaugin now make a healthy living praising them.

So, in order to avoid falling again and again in this sort of paradox, we should start thinking about revaluating independent jobs and income opportunities, because if geniuses can produce what they create in such difficult conditions, there is no limit to what they could do under improved conditions. Even governments should think again about this; these individuals should not be placed and left alone among commoners, for they are anything but common, and in the end, bring a lot of revenue, prestige and advantages to their nations.

Such people are often segregated by the many. It is an inverse form of segregation but as bad as the one that we often assume that is the only in existence: Normally segregation is expressed in terms of a perceived inferiority based on a somewhat weird scale of values. That is, people assume that others are not as good as them based on skin colour, some sort of physical disabilities or differences, etc. but inverse segregation works similarly and is based on a poor understanding of talent and more or less envy.

It is pretty common that able individuals - those that in some respect shine among others - are called "nerds" or something like that because the people around them assume that in the behaviour, ways of expression and attitudes of that person there is an implicit and purposeful message of assumed superiority. However, what happens is that there is an interpretation of inferiority on their part.

The person that is more capable than others, more intelligent, quicker, etc. deserves a prize for it as long as it is attained by merit or without causing needless damage to others. Trying to avoid that is like cutting off the oxygen supply of that person; it is unnatural since evolution is exactly that.

It is true that sectarian groups have used such arguments in the past, but only to justify their own segregating arguments and ideologies, and not as a way to prize merit. The problem is that giving a prize implies that the majority gets nothing and there is a lot of subdued envy presented in a costume of anti segregation principles.

Just think about the industries that evolve around the museums where these artist's works are exhibited: the travel and hotel industry, transportation, souvenirs, restaurants and many more that actually produce a lot of revenue.

Even if we ignore the artistic or scientific value of such works, the money that could be cashed-in afterwards merits a second thought. The mass never innovates; only the explorers and creators do; innovation is per se a mark of the exceptional and if that is not rewarded, then innovation stops.

It may be the case that it is comfortable to suppress the fact that some people may feel proud of being aristocrats in the true sense of the term aristocracy, but it ins seldom the healthiest or the most natural thing to do. Be proud of your achievements.


Totemic value? Mysterious things always have some sort of power over people.
Totemic value? Mysterious things always have some sort of power over people.



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