Small minds tend to view with suspicion any challenge to arbitrary or even insidious structural or instrumental restrictions on thought, behavior, or possibility. They often even mistake such restrictions for ‘laws of nature,’ not only in policy or legal spheres, but in the marketplace, in the laboratory, and at home as well.
They are afraid of, and they deny, anything that they are incapable of understanding. Their freedom can be more broadly characterized as a lack of awareness of those things that routinely imprison them.
Some of us of unusual intellect and unusual distaste for the humor of such small-thinking are doomed to have to function in a world of averages that we ourselves more than shatter at the individual level, but to which we are still subject with respect to the gestalt, to the macroscale.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The all-important question is what one does in response to such opposition. Some of us will rule the rest; others will die at their hands. For those like us, there is nothing in between.