Intern: “You’ve made no overt action. She feels intimidated by you, however, and wished to make an official complaint. We felt it was better to discuss the matter with you before taking any action, if necessary.”
Me: “Exactly what did I do?”
Intern: “Er … nothing, really … she said she’s intimidated by you, because you talk about people and events that she knows nothing about, and she said it makes her feel stupid.”
Me: “You’re kidding, right?”
Intern: “We have to take it seriously, it’s in the manual.”
Everything that’s wrong with the world is right there in that passage.
Hint: If you feel stupid, there’s usually a damn good reason for it. Every last one of us is capable of spectacular levels of boneheadedness from time to time; not one of us is entitled to compensation for it. Keep spitting in Darwin’s face, and you’ll wonder why subsequent generations drool so much.