Originally posted 18 November 2011...
In the BBC show Sherlock, forensics specialist Anderson claims that Sherlock Holmes is a psychopath. Sherlock corrects him by stating that he is a high functioning sociopath, and for Anderson to "do [his] research." And yet despite this claim made by the main man himself, co-creator of the show, Steven Moffat, insists otherwise.
"He [Sherlock] clearly adores John, he’s not got some deep emotional problem with connecting to people, he just can’t be arsed. He’d rather be out solving crime." -Steven Moffat
Ever since I delved into the world of Sherlock Holmes, I felt a deep connection between myself and the lead character in that I could see an endless array of similarities. But it wasn't until I read this quote that I decided this as a fact, and my love for the character grew. Just because people don't connect to other people doesn't mean they have a problem, it's that they haven't found m/any people who are worth their time and attention and aren't utter idiots. And with a genius mentality such as Sherlock's, there just won't be many people who fit into that.
Now, of course, I'm no genius, but I do think of myself as driven by intellect. And this quote by Steven Moffat sounds just like me, only it would be more like "María clearly adores (insert-person-here), she's not got some deep emotional problem with connecting to people, she just can't be arsed. She'd rather be making videos." Or playing video games...or writing the next chapter of her novel...or whatever form of work I am pursuing at that moment. "All that matters to [Sherlock] is the work." (S1E1) I don't put up with other people's shortcomings, just as I do not require others to put up with my own. I'd honestly rather be off doing something else, and I'm not going to sit around and pretend to be a part of something I'm not.
I'm not a sociopath, I'm just not going to waste either of our times.
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