Why is it that mediocrity spawns more mediocrity which is seemingly supported by a swathe of the population?
A girl has been sparkling in the University Challenge programme. I haven’t seen the programme, but I have heard about the current unpleasantness that has been evoked by the girl’s outstanding general knowledge and ability to answer correctly the questions that are fielded to her team.
On Sunday, two men publicly commented that they believed that the spite and derision, (via BBC blogs and some newspapers) that were being heaped on the contestant,occurred because she was female. Had it been a male, they said, it would have been acceptable and praiseworthy to be seen to have been so clever.
We should be able to have pride in ability from whatever source it emanates, but that would not be possible to contemplate for the mediocre. Mediocrity can only be fed on mediocrity in order to stick in its own blinkered and uninspiring niche. It is self-serving. We should be able to praise where praise is due, but that would not be newsworthy at a general, mediocre level, would it?