This was actually Nottuh’s OC, I’m just writing it down.
As far as I can tell, the only way societies can solve buy-in problems is through talented social influencers who are 1) extremely stubborn about the way they see things, and 2) genuinely a bit touched in the head. In keeping with the research that says 1) schizophrenics are ALWAYS religious due to over-mentalizing and 2) mentalizing is the female mental mode, I’m going to suggest that the melonhead societal niche is in forcing adaptive group consensuses (with schizophrenia being a broken form of this sort of group-selected phenotype).
This would require a rare combination of traits: the fast life history trait of being extremely stubborn, the slow life history trait of getting along with people extremely well (social intelligence), the extreme intelligence necessary to understand solutions to complex systems problems despite a relatively female cognitive style (and therefore disinterest in systematizing), also a reverie-inclined visual cognitive style with high enough neuroticism to be inclined to life-changing epiphanies and religious conversion experiences, and the testosterone etc. to be sociosexually dominant (influence, charm, charisma). A hyper-religious social competitor contrarian artfag- and suddenly k-selected homosexuality makes sense.
(This is not to say Mr. Downey Jr. is a homo but if you are and you see this…please respond to my texts. I really put myself out there, you know?)
It’s an extension of the observation that when women say “no, that dress doesn’t make you look fat” what they mean is “I like you, I value you as a good person, and I affirm your continued membership in my moral tribe.” This sort of effortless double entendre (which appears to the extreme masculine brain of Asperger’s as just plain old lying for goodfeelz) is necessary for group cohesion among gatherers and homebodies, while being extremely toxic among hunters. (It should be noted that there is still such a thing as a double-entendre where the esoteric message is a lie, but it basically can’t be proven to someone who doesn’t want to see it. This sort of lying needs to be distinguished from what aspies see as lying, which is basically everything neurotypicals say that’s more abstract than giving directions to the nearest gas station.)
“Never make excuses, never complain, and never explain anything to anyone.” That put me on my back foot when I saw it first. The idea, as a sperg, of never explaining anything to anyone is truly shocking. We pretty much only socialize via shop talk. If not for shop talk we simply wouldn’t talk to anyone about anything. But as my melonhead grows in, I begin to understand that this is the most profound advice you could give for living in a society.
As you know, we live in a society.