It’s Not Fair: Smart People Need to Check Their “Cognitive Privilege”

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There’s a new kind of “privilege” in town, and if you suffer from it, you can’t help it any more than you can help your skin color or your gender. (Although, of late, gender seems to be completely open to debate and have nothing to do with biology.) If you are an intelligent person, you have “cognitive privilege” according to an op-ed in the Daily Iowan.

Well, that’s just really not fair, is it?

With all the “privileges” out there that need to be kept in check, may God help you if you are white, male, attractive, and smart. You are public enemy #1 to the social justice set, you privileged scumbag.

I’ll let the author, Dan Williams, explain it because I couldn’t possibly do it justice in a summary:

We now know that intelligence is not something we have significant control over but is something we are born with. We are living in a society in which success is increasingly linked to one’s intelligence. This is not to say that intelligence is the only factor that is important. All that is implied is that below a certain threshold of intelligence, there are fewer and fewer opportunities. These opportunities are being shifted upward to jobs that require heavier cognitive lifting or else are being replaced by robots. Thus, the accident of having been born smart enough to be able to be successful is a great benefit that you did absolutely nothing to earn. Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart. (source)

So, in other words, if you’re not that smart, your job may be taken by a robot, and that isn’t your fault. I assume that this will eventually lead to the assumption that if you cognitively “disabled,” the world probably owes you something. Because we’re all about “fairness” in the United States, right? RIGHT?

Furthermore, if you are smart, in the wise (cough) words of former President Obama, “You didn’t build that.”  You just hit the genetic lottery and should be humbled (and perhaps a little embarrassed) as opposed to proud.

Sometimes there is so much ridiculous stuff out there that you all must just think, “She has to be making this up.”

Oh, that I was so creative. Nope, this is the society in which we dwell, with one ridiculous outrage on top of another.

Disregard the fact that you could do something about your lack of cognitive privilege.

Of course, none of this takes into account the possibilities we all have to improve our lots in life. Between libraries and the internet, opportunities abound to learn more about basically any topic you want. Perhaps you won’t end up being a neurosurgeon, but what is stopping you from being an expert on some other topic that perhaps takes a brain with common sense as opposed to book sense?

If we all devoted our time to improving ourselves, instead of watching reality television and walking around with our faces and thumbs firmly engaged with our cell phones, perhaps the “cognitive privilege” of those who do focus on learning would not provide so great a disparity amongst our opportunities.

So much of this is a choice about how we spend the hours in our days. It’s about our drive and the habits we intentionally develop.

Williams doesn’t want you to feel too guilty if you are intelligent. Just the right amount of guilt will do:

The purpose of pointing out someone’s privilege is to remind them of the infinite number of experiences that are possible and the very large number of experiences that are actual [sic] that they know very little about. The purpose is to enlarge their moral consciousness, to make them more sympathetic to people who are less fortunate than they are.

Feelings of guilt are natural when coming to consciousness of one’s place in the scheme of things — and noticing that one has been conferred benefits through sheer accident — but guilt is an impediment to social-justice action, not a motivator (guilt slides easily into resentment).(source)

Okay, isn’t that possibly the worst kind of condescension that ever existed? You know how feminists always talk about men with whom they work “mansplaining” something to them and how it infuriates them? Wouldn’t “smartsplaining” and moral sympathy be every bit as infuriating?

I don’t know about you, but if I had a “disability” the last thing in the world I would want is sympathy. Particularly if my disability was that I was stupid, I wouldn’t want the intellectual elite fawning over me superciliously.

This is just the other side of the “ism” coin.

A while back, I wrote an article called The Great American Butthurt and it was all about how much I loathe any word ending in “ism.”

Words to express our affront are being made up left and right by the mere addition of “ism” to the ends of what were formerly perfectly neutral words. It seems like pundits can take basically any word and add “ism” to the end of it and that means they’re being slighted. The list of isms could go on and on, but instead of promoting more equality, all they’re doing is promoting more division. Isn’t that divisionism?

Personally, I’m affronted by the constant barrage of affronts. When did we, as a nation, become such weenies? How is it that such a collection of whiners has become the vocal majority? Certain people are constantly offended and demand the attention of others so they can express the epic level of their personal offendedness.

So vast is the recent level of Great American Butthurt that no mainstream news outlet is complete without breathlessly exposing a secret “ism” each day. These secret “isms” are called “microaggressions,” defined as “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”

Oh my gosh. SHUT UP ALREADY. (source)

How can our country ever again expect to be united when we are constantly divided by a never-ending series of isms and privileges? What if we just stop labeling everyone and everything and just be human beings with choices and personal responsibility for those choices?

I’m not denying that racism and sexism exist, but why would people spend so much time focusing on some perceived negative instead of focusing on the positive aspects of self-improvement? I’m also not denying that being an intelligent person makes it easier to succeed, but there are plenty of very bright people who can’t make a go of it.

When everything is an ism or a privilege, doesn’t that take away from the true, serious issues that exist? If everyone is so busy competing for victimhood, don’t the actual victims get drowned out in the roar?

Success isn’t about your privileges or your lack of isms. It’s about your drive. It’s about the choices that you make.

We can get out there and make opportunities happen or we can complain about it. Guess which decision will make you more successful?

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  • Phil_Ossifer

    It all comes down to this – the (((shitlibs))) want whites to apologize for being white and grovel at the feet of the minorities. To which I say: F**k you and the PC horse you rode in on.

    • lee ho fook

      YAY!! Agreed!!!

    • Guillotine_ready

      People who have never achieved anything in their lives which is a lot of them are very happy to get on board any train that makes them feel that they matter. As far as groveling before a member of a minority group that will be the day even with a gun to my head i would rather die than grovel befpre anyone.
      As for cognitive privilege I will be keeping mine intact along with my white Irish privilege and anything else I can get. It is a contesat baby and you morons are losing.

      • Jas

        “White Irish privilege” Is that the privilege to have hundreds of thousands of you attacked and enslaved by the British military, families seperated and sold off seperately into slavery, then treated like there were no white slaves by people who were never slaves themselves? Is that privilege?

  • NonYo Business

    Oh FUk… I’m now on the most wanted list. Well; I’ve always liked Canada… lol

    • Frank Energy

      Dude, Canada is way more effed up than USA and USA is toast

      • NonYo Business

        Please elaborate so that I can’t say I wasnt warned.

        • Jas

          No, he’s right, Canada is libtard central. They are too nice to go against their own enslavement.

          • NonYo Business

            And? What is the most liberal aspect?

          • Jas

            Probably the government clamping down on the media and the school system to shove the PC BS down everyone’s throats. The medicial system is always touted as so great, unless you live there. Also, Americans are subsidizing the Canadian and other medical systems by paying inflated prices for medicine that is a fraction of the cost for them.

          • NonYo Business

            I have heard that as well. I would add also that most of my firearms would be illegal across the border too. Damned if you do, damned if you dont; right?

          • NonYo Business

            Ill trade my war mongering traitorous government for a province full of pussies any day.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      I hear that Luxembourg is lovely this time of year =P

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    I earned my “cognitive privilege,” through dint of hard work.

    Here’s the one thing that the cognitively underprivileged don’t (can’t, won’t) understand. . .

    Privileges are earned. They’re not simply handed out like Hallowe’en candy. If you want a privilege – go out and work for it.

    Fuck anyone – sideways, in the ass, with no lube – who doesn’t like it.

  • Tabbytha

    Can this be turned against the elites?

    • Frank Energy

      No the elites will be grabbing your money to give to those who choose to remain shitheaded sheeple.

    • lee ho fook

      only if WE THE PEOPLE decide to storm the bastille

      • Jas

        That term refers to people put in positions of power over the common man. We are legally the lower case ‘people’ which is defined as the insane masses, the great unwashed. That term is those who have power over us, to control us for the elites.

        • lee ho fook


          • Jas

            The real definitions of words are in the legal dictionaries, like Black’s Law. They have created a system where we use words that mean one thing between us, but when they get you in court, the ‘legal’ definition is the one they use, to trick you into agreeing to things you don’t know and would never agree to if you understood.

    • Guillotine_ready

      No they are just greedy, pedophile muderers. They are not smart just ruthless.

      • Jas

        and born into it, so more about connections than smarts

    • rouge1

      Afraid not. Do you see how the left rallies against the rich while being funded by billionaires and voting in the rich elites? Or remember the occupie wall street movement? The Democrats were and are giving main street to wall street and not a peep from the commies. Or see how the democrats blame racism on republicans? When they were the party of slavery the kkk, jimcrow, segregation, lynching etc.

      • Jas

        It’s not about the truth, it’s about controlling the narrative.

        • Phil_Ossifer

          (((They))) believe that (((they))) can change history by rewriting it, that is, lying about it. Eventually when enough people who were actually there and know the truth die off they will be in full control of the narrative. The War Between The States is a good example of that.

  • renee ciccioni

    Oh please “it’s the liberals “. This is a symptom of a society that suffers from better than thouness , for instance ,I’m better than you because my car is newer , I’m better than you because I was able to go to college, I’m better than you because I belong to one of the various religions , I’m better than you because my complexion is lighter , so bullshit. All people should be treated with equal respect and regard not just those who believe they possess a certain amount of social currency.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      You’re the only one who mentioned liberals – I even did a word search of the page to make sure.
      Could it be your guilty conscience? Or, perhaps, a lack of “cognitive privilege?”

      Bullshit that all people should be treated with the same respect. If you’re a dumbass, and intentionally so – fuck you and your “equal respect.” You’ve got nothing coming.

      You want respect? Meet me as an equal, not as a fucking dipshit babbling nonsense. Learn something. Put in the time and effort. Crack a fucking book, for crying out loud.
      Earn your privileges – nobody owes you shit. Least of all, respect.

      • renee ciccioni

        You are so much higher than anyone I have text with in this comments section would it be possible for anyone to speak on the same level being that you are upon such lofty heights. And my liberal comment if you must know was in regards to the first comment in this comment section. So no one should be respected including you., The way you talk to others ,I bet you live in your parents basement getting fat on Cheetos while playing world of Warcraft.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          I’m actually a licensed professional – have been since 1988 – and among the best in my field. Was called “my sharpest arrow” by the owner of a company that I’ve been assisting for a few months, just last week. The only reason I’m not full-time is because he can’t afford me – which is a shame, really, because he’s a good guy who meets me on an equal footing. . . which has earned (there’s that pesky word again) my respect – as I have earned (pardon me for swearing) his.

          For the record, my father and mother died in 1975 and 1989, respectively – and never had a basement during my lifetime.

          I’ve never been tolerant of idiocy, and I’m not going to start today; sorry, snowflake.

          If you don’t like being patronized, condescended to, or ridiculed by your betters – make yourself better. Meet them as equals. Learn something – anything, for crying in the mud. Put out some freaking effort. Parroting mindless bullshit will get you nowhere, fast.

          “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.” ~ T. Jefferson

          • renee ciccioni

            You have never met me so you have no way of knowing if you are my

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Continue to be unintelligible if you like – just don’t get rumpruffled when your betters call you on your bullshit.
            One or the other. Choose wisely.

          • renee ciccioni

            I have dealt with way more pretentious peacocks than you ,I’m way to open minded to let such nonsense get to me ,until next time.

  • Clementine

    I keep wondering how far this retarded meltdown of victim-worship will go… just when I think they’ve taken it to the limit… WHAM, they drop another load of sh*t… just like this steaming pile. This Dan Williams fellow is obviously an idiot and, therefore, he whines like the rest for his victim status that is so sought after these days.
    There is no way in hell I will feel guilt for my intellect… I earned it by reading, learning from life experiences, and a desire to better myself.

  • Disturbo the Clown

    Well, hopefully it will shut-down the arrogant, obnoxious and manipulative Ivy League Schools….AT ALL LEVELS!!!!