I’ve had my first encounter with our new Russian instructor. Lord have mercy, this will be harder than I thought. N was certain she would be apolitical (or pretend to be apolitical) but he was wrong. She’s a fanatic who “can’t wait to bring the light of the truth to Americans who have been brainwashed by lying online articles.” This is a direct quote, by the way.
In terms of brain power, she’s miles ahead of what I usually experience with our Fulbright scholars. Seriously on a different level. Many things that it takes me a long time to teach and explain, she figured them all out by herself. My workload with her has been cut by about 80% of what I do for the other instructors.
These are not stupid people. In fact, these are very bright, clearly high-IQ people. The woman is not a scholar. She’s a middle-school teacher from a modest background. She’s not from the intelligentsia but what in Russia would be called “a simple person.”
That’s what is so frustrating about Russians. They have everything they need to achieve a lot. Really, a lot. The IQ is one thing you can’t buy, develop or improve with hard work or willpower. And they’ve got it. Even after purposefully murdering and exiling the entire intellectual class between 1917 and 1940, they’ve still got it. But instead of using it to live better, they go and genocide others, century after bloody century.
I don’t get it. I really don’t get it.