Hmm... there's a *very* similar thread in the Feist forum... but it's more about everything...not just Feist, so before I start, I am not knocking anyone, merely making an observation.
I've noticed a lot recently just how stupid people are. Particularly adults recently (Though kids aren't any better). I'm not sure if adults are talking down to me or something or if they really are just stupid. It's occurred to me a lot recently that if the average IQ is 100, and I know a fair few people with IQ of 140, 150, 160+, then there must be around as many utterly stupid people with IQs of 50 or less out there just to make it even. Worst of all, I recently had someone tell me that they'd taken an online IQ test, and were very happy to have scored 90. At that moment I died a little inside.
The last time I tried an online IQ test, I scored 167. Therefore, to even out the IQ range, there must either be one person with a severe mental disorder, or a large amount of just kinda dumb people. I know that IQ scores don't really prove all that much, but the point remains. For every one person to be 'above average' there must be another to be 'below average' so there can be such a thing. For every genius, there must be an extremely large amount of dumb people, just to even it out. Marilyn Vos Savant claimed to have had an IQ of 230. The chance of that was immeasurable. Therefore, lets just say in was one in a billion. In that case, there must be a billion below-average people just to make her IQ possible. Combine that with the however many 'above average' people out there, and you're talking one hell of a lot of dumb people.
That's all fine and good, but why the hell must people feel the need to assume that everyone is even more stupid than themselves. When I talk to people, I talk to them as equals. Why then, must these same people have to speak to me as if I am utterly stupid, or have little grasp of the English language? Every time I have someone speak to me as such, I am forced to make a judgement on them, in the same way as they had already made a judgement on me. Invariably, it is either that they have an extremely large ego, a superiority complex, or think that I am stupid, or some combination of the above.
As you may know, I have recently been employed. After the shambles that was supposed to be my first shift, I had the following phone conversation:
Me: I was told that I would be rung back to be told if I had the job.
Woman: Oh, no, don't listen to her. Listen to [manager]. He's the boss.
Me: Well, [manager] told me that he would ring me back to tell me whether or not I had the job.
Woman: Yes, that's right. You should make sure to listen to [manager], because he's the boss.
She was both patronising and stupid. Just what I've come to expect really. From the last few months of job searching, that is the attitude I've come to expect. Every time I even ask, it's always 'Oh I'm sorry love, you have to be 14 *and 9 months* to work here. You're just not quite old enough sorry. I'm not sure why you'd want to work anyway... but sorry, you need to be older." How many times do I need to be told that I need to be older to work? Three times apparently. Oh, and what will three months do to make me more inclined to get a job? OK, if I wasn't going to be able to find a job for another 3 months I might be more desperate to find a job, but if I wasn't already looking for a job, why would I want a job any more at 14 and nine months than at 14 and a half?
I shall stop here, as this is going in a direction that will most likely land me a warning.
I am not knocking anyone. I'll note that I actually have a form of autism (Asperger's, for those who must know) myself, and the 10 school years of daily being called a retard and two years of attending a school at which around 20% of the students had some form of disability (ranging from Down syndrome to cystic fibrosis to all areas of the autistic spectrum) have given me nothing but sympathy for the genuinely impaired. I am sure that close to all members of this forum have above-average intelligence; it is not you guys I'm talking about, it's other people who I come into contact with day in, day out.