I’ve actually got a different view on this and I tend to agree with Rick.
We don’t know the full context around “Overeducated” and this is all just further speculation, but it seems he has two problems: a). perceived reaction to his “two bachelor of arts degrees”; and b). that his “genius IQ” “shows when he talks.” (The two aren’t necessarily related.)
Dealing with them individually, frankly, “two bachelor of arts degrees” is not that impressive. And I’m curious as to how people actually discover this fact about him. He claims he’s not pompous and that he doesn’t volunteer his “overeducation”, but perhaps he initiates conversation topics at a level over the heads of people who don’t have “two bachelor of arts degrees”? Maybe that prompts them to ask? (“How do I know all this stuff? Oh, I have bachelors of arts degrees in ancient mythology and modern philosophy.”)
I don’t think “society” ordinarily does have a problem with someone having “two bachelor of arts degrees”, especially not the United States. So Abby is right to speculate that it’s not “society’s fault” … it’s probably his. You might strike tall poppyism in a more egalitarian culture, like New Zealand, but as someone with a business degree, postgrad arts degree, and a genius IQ (I can say that here … we’re all Objectivists J), it’s never been a problem for me, in either my business or romantic lives. In fact, the most common response I get towards my history degree is genuine interest and curiosity. The number of people who’ve been “intimidated” or put off by my qualifications is precisely zero. And I’m sure most others here with more impressive credentials would say the same thing. So maybe it’s just him?
In a way, there’s a parallel here with Robert’s excellent comment on the Stylized Life thread regarding people who are all “intelligence” and no spirit. I think it’s more likely that “Overeducated” has a problem expressing himself; the classic EQ/IQ dichotomy. A true sign of intelligence is being astute enough to identify the personal context, or “wavelength”, of another person and relate to them accordingly. The way you talk to a professor of history in an academic context should be different to the way you talk to a beautician in a personal context. (No offence to either profession!) A person with a “genius IQ” should (would?) learn from his experiences and adapt his behavior. And, frankly, a person with a “genius IQ” shouldn’t (wouldn’t?) be writing to ‘Dear Abby’ to solve his problems.
(Edited by Glenn Lamont on 11/01, 8:57pm)