Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (reproduced with permission):
Had I lived in the Stone Age, I might have invented the axe. As it is, I was mainly only special to my mother and she apparently had doubts. It’s taken me a lifetime to see that I was mostly ordinary all along.
If everyone is special, as we were all told, specialness is nothing special.
Anyway, in a world designed by average people, to serve the interests of average people, being “above” average is almost as much a liability as being “below” average. So maybe I was lucky, in the end.