You’re Just Not That Special
“There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…”
It’s tough being a common man in a world of exceptional people. Everyone is smarter than you, kinder than you, and more gifted than you. To complicate matters even further those same exceptional people are not subject to the same rules and logic as you. You are only a common man unable to grasp how differently the rest of the world operates.
In medical literature a phenomenon called the common cold is described. This affliction is said to be incurable and highly contagious, but in twenty-five years as a nurse, I have never seen a case. I have seen man-colds, it’s got to be pneumonia colds, I’ve got to have antibiotic colds, and many variations on the viral upper airway theme… but never a common cold. My research has yet to determine if that is because only exceptional people require treatment or the common folk are too ignorant or poor to be treated.
My world is filled by people bent on explaining their exceptionalism with the words, “It’s a _______ thing, you cannot possibly understand.” These people occupy that rare air in which they are beyond humanity and lesser…more common humans cannot grasp their unique situation.
Femininity is beyond male comprehension, increased melatonin levels put behavior levels beyond the understanding of those with a lesser of pigment or wokeness involves a reality beyond common understanding. So far beyond the human experience are these people, it is necessary to virtue signal the rest of us so we will know life in the exceptional stratosphere is beyond us.
The possession of this brand of exceptionalism is an arrogant denial of the humanity of others. It is a deadly poison that consumes not only the possessor but his hearer and the very world we live in. It says to all…I am more important than you…my worth is so much greater than yours that you cannot comprehend me.
This is a lie. There is no one person or human experience that unique. The great literature of the world has only two stories, someone went somewhere and someone can to town. Life is little more than that we are taking a journey or arriving somewhere new. We all require the same basic ingredients for life, we make the same mistakes, fall for the same lies. We all suffer the same afflictions (even orphan diseases are not entirely unique), we will all surely die. Join the human race…”there’s nothing you can do that can’t be done, nothing you can sing that can’t be sung…”