It’s been a while since Thomas had a chance to be playfully arrogant.
We put a lot of emphasis in American culture on being special, or an individual, but numerically there’s going to be a lot of overlap in skills & knowledge when you’re talking about billions of people potentially. Individuality is only possible up to a certain point. After that everything gets less gold star. I think striving to be special makes you better overall than starting from the idea that everyone is special. If everyone is special, then no one is, as it is sometimes remarked.
In movies there’s always the one expert that gets called upon to “do the thing”, but in most every field of study you have a group of people who kind of jostle around at the top. It’s one of those simplistic narrative ideas that we use for ease of storytelling whereas, if 2020 has been anything to go by, the experts don’t always agree, & we also don’t even agree on who the experts are most of the time.
Humans have this strange tendency to follow whoever says things with the most confidence. I’ve watched so many people become famous on youtube because they had strong opinions about video games & over time they somehow also became experts in every other fucking thing… It worries me a little. I’m not sure I would be good at that kind of thing because I have something in me that makes me admit when I don’t know something. The last thing I want is to be the one who fucks everything up because I was too proud to admit I don’t know much about the socioeconomic state of finance, or whatever…