This is a little difficult to write about without sounding Beyond Elitist. Be very forewarned . . .
Most of you, my wonderful readers, are noticeably high-IQ and unusually aware of and sensitive to social dynamics. (This follows from the 'design Darwinism' of how I write.) From the 'design Darwinism' of how I am in one-on-one dialogue, I've long been a magnet--an aggregator, a strange attractor--of many supersmart and sensitive individuals.
A few years ago, I coined a class name to describe some of us, mostly IHS alumni: 'Liberty 90210'. That name still applies, but there's now a lot more to the burgeoning subsubculture.
The More Now: We each have conscious personal goals and mission statements and approaches to life, basically in the fashion of superheroes. A couple nights ago, I suddenly realized how much I have in common with Professor X! (This is not ENTIRELY satisfying when you consider the Professor's love life :), which is no far cry from Jubal Harshaw's.) If the supersmart and sensitive are mutants, then I am their personal coach who's contemplating a nice training facility out in the country. I seek out mutants, I go to great lengths to meet them and to break through to them, and I stick around and help them when they're ready. Drawing from my own excessively introverted childhood and collegehood, I now take immense satisfaction at carefully guiding the brilliantly introvexed. I'm a communications planner, a personal choices and values explorer and analyst, a social director, a mediator, and--above all--a teacher (of all those skills and of many others, and even of some things I do not myself practice).
I am an experienced facilitator of fellow mutants' dreams. And, I am not the only one. Most everyone in my present closest circle of friends does a lot of the same things I do. (Ours is not a world of separately unique mutations; invisibility, laser eyesight, and instant physical healing are not our incommensurable talents.) In particular, Farsam has brought me even more freshly discovered mutants than I have brought him. Jasmine, a once-amazing leader presently on sabbatical or in retirement (no clarifying link available), had or has her own connections more wide-ranging than my own.
Michael is Wolverine, a loner who rarely takes sides, has achieved very cool things (a fantastic novel that I'm not allowed to link!) in complete social isolation, and is almost stoically concerned that no one ever get hurt even in the short run.
Joanna is Rogue, our newest addition who is not quite sure what she may be getting herself into ;).
Peter, a.k.a. Cyclops, is our Tyler Durden specialist, inspiring people to take big steps TODAY to start living their dreams. Writing of a new friend of his, a mutant he discovered last month, Peter observes, "...how impressed I was by the obvious *joy* he takes in human arbitrage (or People-Mining, as he called it) - finding and promoting professional and economic value out of individuals that everyone else missed. [...] Being the catalyst that transforms secretaries and carpet-salesmen into high-powered finance professionals..."
This leads into a very basic issue for mutants: How to really feel about ordinary people? Some of my most charming mutant acquaintances have actual contempt for most people--but those ordinary people would never know it in short-run interactions because they're being so effectively snowed. In the X-Men universe, Magneto (the leader of the evil mutants, with whom it was nonetheless very easy to identify at times) had felt misunderstood for so long by so many people that he had given up. Given up on ever making himself clear to mundanes, on producing the minimal understanding to create peace and prosperity with them. Magneto separated himself from mankind. At, of course, great personal cost which he discounted and then wore with pride.
Ayn Rand talked often about something called the (poorly named and widely misunderstood) Benevolent Universe Premise (BUP). The BUP is the basic conviction that this world is open to your success, that your rational values are all things worth striving for because you will actually reach them if you try. Your reach may always exceed your grasp, but both can keep on extending to infinity and beyond. Jasmine put the premise even better than Ayn: "Find that which brings you joy and chase it down to the ends of the earth!"
The BUP has a social corollary. Let's talk about the BOP! Andrew's Benevolent Other Premise (BOP) holds: 1) It is rational and useful to feel that all people are basically good or 'good people trying to get out'. 2) It is very cool to uplift others, to psychologically help them whenever you're in the mood and they're open to it. 3) It is glorious to perceive random strangers as opportunities. Even if you rarely take time to pursue opportunities with random strangers, that opportunity mindset makes for an inspiring social backdrop throughout the rest of your life.
From here, another beautiful Jasminism: "MUHAHAHAHA! My joy will penetrate your jaded soul!"