He’s never once made me feel stupid for not knowing or understanding something, which is lovely, but what gets me, even more, is his absolute comfort with the gaps in his own knowledge. He never pretends to know things he doesn’t, and he’s not self-conscious about it. His face absolutely lights up every time someone uses an unfamiliar word. He takes such obvious pleasure in learning. It’s an admirable trait and was an early sign that he was somebody I wanted to spend a lot of time with. y is stellar, and he’s able to digest new information at lightning speed. I’m intellectually average, and a lifelong heavy reader with an English degree.
In my experience, the most intelligent and well-read people I know have always been very humble about how much they don’t know. Something about getting really informed about a topic makes you realize just how much there is to learn in the world and how much you’ve barely scratched the surface of it. The guys I’ve known to fly off the handle at being told they’re wrong or are really huffy about not knowing something tend to have ego issues or just aren’t as smart as they’d want you to think
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