I’m reminded of a conversation I had with my younger daughter. She was in 7th grade and told me that she didn’t think she was very smart.
I laughed. We lived in a wealthy town chock full of very educated and very bright people. She was measuring herself against their genetically and financially gifted children.
I told her that she would have a different opinion soon enough.
Years later, when at college, she called me. She told me she was thinking about what I had told her back in 7th grade. Having now experienced much more of the wider world, she had something to tell me: “Dad, you were so right. Average people are.. well, not at all like the people in our town.”
No, they aren’t. They most definitely are not.