Seventh wrote:"Real genius is earned"-- Actually, and I hate to bring up this of all things, but Naruto (yeah, I know) way, way back brought that same topic up long ago. It might just be a cultural thing in Japan, but it could be that there's a real "genius you're born with" and "genius you earn through hard work" thing over there, and the genius you're "born" with might just be an allusion to class and wealth and powerful families, though I might be looking too much into it there...
I think it's a good topic to bring up. The way I see it, no one really knows anything outside of what they are taught. To know anything, it must be learned. Many of us have an advantage in the form of an ability to focus and recall information, but this doesn't dictate what we can ultimately achieve. If someone you know has some insight, it's because he applied himself on the topic. That's a good reason to admire a person. If someone you know can recall information like a savant, that's no reason to admire someone, because their brain made it easy for them.
If a person with wealth and class knows any better than anyone else, it's typically owed to the fact that they have the support most of us could never have. This too is no reason to admire anyone.
By the way, Naruto is one of my favorite manga.