Should extremely intelligent people have to dumb themselves down for others?
I've been seeing both comedic and real life situations that make me ask this. The comedic one that I think of is Sheldon on Big Bang Theory. I love that show and I love him. Obviously, he is an exaggerated character, but let's say he existed in real life....something to consider.
Also, a co-worker of mine that I LOVED working with actually left our company primarily because he was going to have a nervous breakdown if he had to continue working with so many people who were intellectually beneath him and so many women who value feelings over logic and office politics over what is correct. He worked his way up to second in authority in less than 10 years. We have people who have been here for around 20 years. Most people here hated him because he didn't slow down so they could keep up and he didn't think that "trying" and "making an effort" was merit for advancement. He believed there was a standard and if you couldn't meet it, you should be fired. Period. He also only had to see something once to master it so when there were changes in procedures, he left everyone in his dust while he carried on like a pro and everyone else struggled to understand whatever the new concept was.I actually agreed and got along well with him and I find myself having the same frustrations here.
I have also seen situations where there are huge problems because someone is extremely intelligent and intellectually above the majority of the people they are around. I am not referring to being snobs or being uppity. They are just being who they are and it is unnatural to them to be below a particular intellectual plain.
Now here's my thought process....Being intelligent (last I checked) is a desirable attribute. It seems to me that everyone else should try to attain the highest degree of intelligence as possible rather than intelligent people being expected to be less intelligent. I'm just saying that while people feel bad when less intelligent people struggle to keep up, they forget that it's just as frustrating for extremely smart people when they are not understood or when they feel like it's being held against them that they are smart. I'm wondering if political correctness is wrong here.