“I went to a news website, clicked on the headline story, and scrolled down to the comments section. There it was: people calling each other ignorant, uneducated, and stupid. It took me all of one minute to find evidence of incivility centered on questioning the intellectual inferiority of others. I don’t know if intellectual humility is at an all-time low, but it does seem that this virtue is in short supply at a time when it is greatly needed. With the Internet providing a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips, and with higher education more accessible than ever before, we might expect a growing number of people to have a keen awareness of how much we don’t know and how much we depend upon the expertise of others.
Or we might not. We are smart, but perhaps the ways we become smart also make us smarty-pants.”