Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.*
You frequently consume numerous sources of non-fiction – reading, in depth radio, some TV shows – to be well-informed. Informed not of just facts, but principles and ideas. The poorly informed merely go along with large formal and informal groups.
You have less need of extra stimuli other than words (pictures, video, sound, entertainment, humor, emotions, praise, self-enrichment, or the intense pleasure of blaming others) to embrace not yet popular intelligent positions. Media with these extra stimuli are far more popular.
You need less of the magnetic promotion of ideas by the wealthy, powerful, famous, and groups. These types have far more followers, often undeserved. In order to maintain and grow their fame, wealth, or power, they generally appease rather than openly contest large, destructive, unthinking crowds.
You challenge the generally low common denominator of large groups. Groups clustered around religions, sexual hysterias (over-concern about others’ consensual sex), patriotism, nuclear-armed governments, militaries, and their supporting political parties.
You realize that in order to be popular, larger, and more powerful, big groups must appeal to average and below average intellects. This recipe creates disasters such as bigotries, human rights violations, wars, appeasing over-populators, global warming, mass pollution, nuclear weapons, excessive government debt, misallocation of taxes for large militaries instead of human and environmental needs, extinction of myriad other species, etc.
You actively promote big ideas such as world peace, human rights, intellect, science, and humanity in balance with our environment. Such as membership in and support for groups countering global warming, militarization, and overpopulation.
I happen to feel that the degree of a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic. – Lisa Alther
* After Charles Stewart, “Haud immemor. Reminescences of legal and social life in Edinburgh and London. 1850-1900”, 1901, p. 33, with the above version commonly attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt without citation.