You know who I mean. By name, usually. There are different names you can put in that slot, but you know someone by that name.
Being a jerk then becomes one of the signifiers of Success as a Genius, like driving a car and wearing designer clothing.
Going against the flow? That would involve punching *up*, not preying on those who are more vulnerable, who can’t really say no.
We need to start thinking of it as proof that they have too much power.
That gets interpreted as brilliance.
Let’s start asking, “What’s so ground-breaking about hurting people who can’t stop you?” Let’s start doing it again, and again, and again.
Let’s make people see it for the hollow shell it is.
But she was unfailingly, unflinchingly, supportive and kind.