Curse of the High IQ by Aaron Clarey, copyright by Aaron Clarey 2016, paperback, 215 pages
Aaron Clarey doesn’t need this book review. He’s not about games and kissing up and flattery.
Aaron is really into reality.
That’s what I like most about this book. Reality.
I’m really into reality too.
Do I have a high IQ? I’m not sure. At the writing of this piece I have never, to my knowledge, been tested. But if completely relating to this book and having lived the situations therein means I am the keeper of an abnormally high intelligence, then, yes.
Yes, I do.
Aaron writes about being bored in class and falling asleep. He shares experiences of sadistic bosses and moronic overseers. He sees the uselessness of the majority of public educational pursuits.
And he knows there’s a better way.
Language Alert! If you are offended by bad language you may want to pass this book by, but I don’t recommend that. The research, clarity of ideas and logic are just too good to pass up.
Don’t make me feel good. Just tell me what I need to know. Slap my face if you have to. Wake me up!
So, there ya go. Read this book. Get choked up a little and laugh a lot.
And be empowered to be yourself. That’s what this book did for me.
Let me share a few quotes:
“But the real tragedy is that despite TRILLIONS of human hours dedicated to these things, be it sports, celebrity gossip, or the slop served on TV, not one intelligent thing was ever said, nor one significant advancement ever made. It is a sad waste of human life that abnormally intelligent people just can’t understand and , frankly, don’t care to.”
Agreed. Being a couch potato scares the crap out of me.
“Even in the professional world petty jealousy and envy can lead to any number pitfalls, back-stabbings, or other hindrances to your career. People sabotaging your work. Office gossipers spreading rumors. Even your boss may handicap your career if he senses you’re more intelligent than he is. Doesn’t matter you could advance your division or your company to new heights. Doesn’t matter that you have not one ounce of disdain for one person in the entire profession. There will be some people who identify your intelligence as a threat and will use work place machinations to undermine you.”
Yup. I’ve been there. Have you? Ever been “laid off” because you made a suggestion that would save your company money? Or make it work more efficiently?
“While the overly optimistic fluffy-bunnies-poppy-cock propaganda you were fed in school did not reflect the realities of the real world, it did at least do one thing right. It encouraged you to pursue your dreams. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the real world because once society gets a hint, a mere whiff that you might have dreams and goals, that you might dare to become great, that you might dare to be better than average, out of every crack, corner, and alley people will come out and work against you and your dreams. And the sad pathetic reason they do this is because they can’t stand knowing there are people out there who are better than them.”
Raw, maybe, but correct.
If any of this rings true to you, read this book. If the well-meaning people around you treated you like you were weird, you may just have a high IQ and have tried desperately to hide it.
Just to fit in.
Here are some places where you can read more of what Aaron has to say.
The Clarey Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/aaron-clarey/
Thanks, Aaron, for writing this book.