Let the value o’ mockery for any individual V be the function f( II, IR ) based on the individual’s opinion o’ his own intelligence, II, & the individual’s actual intelligence, IR:
f( II, IR ) = II / IR
For example, economists, who are deluded into thinking that replacing words with math symbols makes them smarter, have a huge opinion o’ their own intelligence, as compared to their low level, & thus the value o’ mocking them is high.
We can prove this point by assuming manufactured #s. Let II = 100,000 & IR = 10:
f( II, IR ) = 100,000 / 10
f( II, IR ) = 10,000
Contrast this with a filthy hobo who has been taught that she’s a brainfuck who will ne’er e’en figure out how to read & should probably stick lit dynamite in her throat, but secretly knows 20 programming languages—including Haskell & Brainfuck.
Let’s assume she has an II o’ 5 & an IR o’ 200:
f( II, IR ) = 5 / 200
f( II, IR ) = 1/40
f( II, IR ) = .025
In such case, mockery would not be funny, but would be cruel & frivolous, as this person has probably blown up her intestines already, anyway, so the work o’ inducing suicide is no longer necessary.