I know for sure because I am one.
What I often observe is high IQ people arrogantly believe that they are correct even on objects they do not know. Normal IQ people are often equipped with good guides. It could be their peers. It could be their own emotion. Those 2 guides are what high IQ people often do not follow.
High IQ is often smart on so many areas. Because they’re smart on so many ideas they think they’re smart on all areas too even though the don’t study. Then they don’t get rich, they fail to reproduce, and they either keep feeling that they’re somehow successful, or blame the world for being unfair much latter.
What I see again and again is that high IQ people simply follow their own strange idea that’s false. Then they’re wrong and then they blame the world for being unfair, even though they face the misfortune because of their own choosing.
I don’t blame them. They’re right. They’re correct. There is a difference between being correct, happy, and successful. All those are different things.
Like every losers, it’s so easy to let our creativity works against our success. Rather than blaming our own action which we could have changed, we can easily claim that we are morally superior rather than strategically messed up. And the higher the IQ, the easier it is for them to do this, till they realized and accept that they really are wrong.
Truth is often complicated. And facts where we can deduce truth are often hidden, replaced by lies. Those lies are often what high IQ people used as guidance for their reasoning, often toward catastrophic result.
This may not sound as weird as it seems.
I’ll give you an example.
Recently I’ve heard some guy put $400k money in Century bank. The Century bank went bankrupt on one of the biggest bank scandal in Indonesia. He lost his deposits, and I’ve heard many commit suicide.
To add the insult, to avoid guaranteeing the depositors, government pay up some safety fund that goes to some thieves. I think it goes around $600 billion. It’s a crisis of the century.
People complain about paying our officials high salary
Any employers should know that the true cost of hiring people should include the cost catastrophic mistakes they make. Not to mention how many of those “mistakes” do not hurt and can often be profitable for those making it.
What we know:
Depositing money in bank is safe. We in fact swallow lower interests in exchange of that safety.
The truth is:
Depositing money in a bank is very unsafe. Nothing is safe except our own understanding.
Ah.. but the fairy tales is guarded by layers and layers of lies. Don’t we have a government guarantee for those deposited funds.
No. What happen is after the fact is happening, the government argues that due to Century’s higher interest rate, the deposits shouldn’t count as deposits and hence shouldn’t be guaranteed.
Make sense? No. Of course not. Is this what those depositors have in mind when they deposited their money. No. Obviously no.
Okay, what can we learn here:
1. World is unfair.
2. Justification for world affairs often doesn’t make sense.
If you ask David Copperfield, how the hell he made Liberty Statue disappear, he too would say something that doesn’t make sense. He would say, “Ah, I teleported the statue somewhere else, then I build a new one in a blink of an eye.”
Of course that doesn’t make sense. The same goes for religions, morality, our sense of justice, our politically correct reason to prohibit prostitution, etc. None of those make sense. How the hell on one hand we have freedom of religion and on the other hand some guy demand many goes to jail for offending religious moral? Those justifications don’t make sense. They never are.
Because they’re not true.
However a high IQ people will simply follow his logic and follow their understanding based on those false assumptions. “How could, I have known,” they said, “Government clearly stated that they will guarantee deposits. Now this totally doesn’t make sense justification. Everyone else is an idiot and I suffer.”
It’s true they’re wrong. They’re not an idiot though. They are wrong strategically, at your expense.
To understand something that makes sense, you need a correct theory based on truth in a sense of what’s really going on. That theory is based on a more correct assumption and those assumptions are hidden.
Here is a correct theory. Any powerful entities do not need justice and honor to persuade the population to submit to their will. They need only illusion of justice and honor.
Often, being truly honorable is costly. Just like honoring commitment to guarantee deposited funds. However, not maintaining illusion of honor will also be costly because government wants you to put your money on Indonesian banks. So everybody, including all of us, sort of want to have the cake and eat it too. Why not?
And hence, a fairy tales need to be invented to justify acting dishonorably without losing a lot of reputation.
The majority of the population is not very smart to see the problem, and to be frank, they’re not really interested. It’s not their problem. They don’t have $400k to be stored somewhere. Often they’re benefited by the problem.
So it is natural then to understand that storing money in a bank is actually very risky. It is also very understandable to see that government will not pay and will simply find a reason not to pay.
The problem is, do you need to lose your whole life time earning first before you know that?
Were you smart enough, you would probably have joined the corruptions and earn huge. Again, it’s just facts.
Facts, that normal IQ people know. High IQ people often have high paying occupations (or think that they will get one) in private sectors they do not even look for opportunities there. Till it’s too late. Then they cry unfair.
Do we need to be evil to be successful? No. However in unfair countries that defy meritocracy and free market, yes. That’s virtually all countries on some aspects. As sure as I know that there is no way you can be a millionaire productively or honestly if you’re born in North Korea, I can tell you this. Part of you, just got to screw somebody up so you can get ahead.
By the way, the statement above works at least in a sense. In a sense, that’s actually a theorem.
Even if the world is fair, normal IQ people can still outperform high IQ people. They stick on one thing they do it well. That’s it.
If you really want to use your rational mind, please at least use correct theory. That means learning a LOT. Truth is not simple and often hidden. The simpler truth where we can derive a lot of facts are well hidden when it comes to those what truly matter. If you don’t learn, you’re in a great danger of making major mistakes.
Even Zhuge Liang, known as the smartest guy in the world, is rumored to have an ugly wife. So what has he truly achieved really?
Speaking of girls, I remember how I ignored an advice that women prefer the rich. I simply thought it was wrong. Then I made major mistakes in my life. Then I know I am the one that’s wrong. Then I ended up writing a book, http://genepoolsurvivalguide.com so others do not make the same mistakes. Guess what, the book don’t sale. No body believes me.
At the end, rational people often lose, and they understandably cry that life is unfair because it is. If only I can help them realizing it earlier I could have helped a lot of people. But they’re smart. They won’t listen to me. Then what? I can’t save them.
The path to salvation don’t change much across millennia. We would expect that we got that hard wired in our emotion, if only we listen.
The same way, normal people do make better strategies based on those proven hard wired preferences.
For programmer though, hire a high IQ. This is something not even high IQ people would agree, but many normal IQ people that have worked with lots of programmers would obviously know.