Ann Althouse points out, succinctly, something I’ve noticed about so many Harvard grads:
You may think you’re smart, but it’s not smart to assume other people aren’t smart too. I recommend a working assumption that other people are smart, and when you think you’re reading something ridiculously stupid, go through the exercise of reading it with the thought that the writer is wonderfully clever.
Not unique to Harvard grads, of course.
The smartest guy I’ve ever known did not go to an Ivy League school. His dad worked on an assembly line in a factory. His mom was an ordinary housewife. Well, ordinary except that she managed to raise a large brood of very smart kids on the wages of a guy who worked on an assembly line in a factory.
The Harvard grads I’ve known were, mostly, smart enough. Not great mentalities but they didn’t drool. What they mostly were was connected and ambitious.