It may be that you, my dear X, recognise something of yourself in these instances; a disposition to resistance, however slight, against arbitrary authority or witless mass opinion, or a thrill of recognition when you encounter some well-wrought phrase from a free intelligence.
“Dei sacrificium intellectus”; an immodest and hysterical desire to annihilate the intellect at the feet of an idol.
Sounds like a few people I know…
“If you want to stay in for the long haul, and lead a life that is free from illusions either propagated by you or embraced by you, then I suggest you learn to recognize and avoid the symptoms of the zealot and the person who knows that he is right.”
Am buying the book right now.