The same man can feel like a fool in one crowd and an omniscient diety in another. Best to keep good company even when not the brightest star. This way you better yourself by absorbing their knowledge and methods of thinking. Those that choose to dwell with the weaker choose to remain stagnant in development. They’ll this regret in 20 years when they encounter a former equal who chose the tougher path, and has now surpassed them.