I have all my life thought that I was less intelligent than most people. They would make arguments about the existence of gods, ghosts and goblins, and their arguments never made sense. Then I was turned onto critical thinking. Shortly after, with even only a few extra skeptical tools in my kit, I realized that the reason I couldn’t make sense of people’s arguments was not that I wasn’t bright enough to follow, but because the arguments were nonsensical. Because I rarely did, it simply didn’t occurred to me that people would lie. I expected that everyone knew better than I.
Thank goodness for skepticism.