I have always engaged the "elite" And if they get too high up on their high horse, I bring them down a few pegs.
For in fact, a very intelligent person who knows how to get their hands dirty is vastly superior to a person who merely thinks. A person can be a Nobel Laureate, yet if his car blows a fuse in the desert, he'll die just like anyone else who doesn't know how to fix it.
You seem to have quite an ego issue.
Perhaps. It is up to others to decide if it is earned or unearned.
Do you know how to grow all of the food in your diet? Do you know how to make your own penicillin? Could you perform a root canal on yourself or even a loved one? Even if you can do all of those things, I'm sure there are plenty of other skills you lack.
Non sequitar. I cannot do everything of course, and that isn't even relevant to my point. side note, I do know how to garden, and as a hobby, I often make my own cured meats. It's enjoyable, and oddly relaxing.
Criticizing a Nobel Laureate, who have all probably done more in their lives than you ever will, just because s/he cannot fix their own car is asinine.
Dear sir, you are getting your stories mixed up, not to mention you might want to go back to read what I wrote. It was not that she didn't know. The issue I took with her attitude was that she did not want to learn some basic electrical knowledge, presented in good faith in an effort to help her. Then expressed her superiority. That's pretty appalling (to me), as well as graceless and very rude.
And she was an artist, not a Nobel Laureate.
I am a software engineer, and have no delusions that my skills are somehow "better" than that of a car mechanic. But learning how to service my own car (other than the basics like changing my own oil) is a waste of my time.
There is a major difference between you and I. I have never ever found gaining knowledge of anything to be a waste of my time.
And it has been years since I chenged my oil, if you are thinking of that as an example. I have rebuilt engines as a lark on occasion.
I can either be doing work or learning new skills in my area of expertise, which provides far more benefit to both myself and society as a whole. I also pay maids to clean my home each week and a service to do my yard work each week during the warm months.
Which knowledge is of no use to yourself or society as a whole? I think we might be at a sort of impasse here, because I gobble up knowledge voraciously, and am very curious about almost everything. Perhaps that is a bad thing? I have what I do to make a living, and am quite good at it, but I fear that limiting myself to that would be, well, very limiting.
I do not believe myself to be a more superior human being than my maids, but my time is certainly more valuable from an economic standpoint.
Heavens, this isn't even my argument. My time was/is quite valuable also, and one of my biggest abilities was to interface effectively with either the maintenance people or the important visiting politician or CEO or University president or whoever. I can tell you, that is a talent that apparently few have. I ended up in computer support for the "stars" just because of that. The people who would normally do that had great difficulty dealing with people "way above their station". Their outlook, not mine. I walked in, and calmly fixed the problem And that support wasn't in my job description, it was just something I picked up by being curious about computers. Admittidely I have worked intensively with computers since the mainframe only days. But it was an example of non job description knowledge.
No one I know of thinks of me as an ego case. I regularly was commended for the ability to work well with difficult people. Some of them even appreciated a little reminder that they were just human also. Some didn't of course, but that's a matter of reading people.
I also share your disdain for intellectuals that think they are superior to others, but I hold the same contempt for blue collar guys who think their handyman skills somehow make themselves superior to those who do not share them.
Why wouldn't you? The blue collar superiority complex is like a celebration of stupid, not unlike the street cred some like to emulate. Everybody works at their job, everyone has something to contribute.
Separation of labor is an important thing, and for most people who earn enough to easily pay a mechanic, learning how to repair the windows of their own car is as valuable as knowing how to churn their own butter.
I have never been victim of the idea that some knowledge is useless, or there were things to kow that were outside of any purpose. Of course, I was the weirdo that kept a dictionary in the bathroom. And I still voraciously learn how to do new things. I find the concept that there is some limit of knowledge about things that is useful, that having a wide breadth of knowledge makes you a jack of all trades, and a master of none to be a lack of imagination or understanding of th mind. The human brain has a huge capacity for learning.
My kowledge of other matters, including things that are "below my station" or even "above my station" has served me and my employers very well on many occasions. They think I can "think outside the box". I merely draw on the basic concepts of matters they have not believed useful or important. I can fix your car, or have a bit of discussion about quantum physics. And at some level, there is an interesting interconnection if one looks with an open mind.