- Both endorse a zealous ethos of pure intellectual activity, as separate from the real world as possible, either as a “life of the mind” or “Torah Lishma”.
- Both endorse or romanticize poverty.
- Both hold practical skills and working people (outside of their field) in contempt, and invest very little time in providing instruction in anything that is not exclusively valuable to them.
- Both despise money and power publicly yet depend for their very survival on the largesse of the wealthy and their foundations or on grants given by the government.
- Both speak of their contribution to society while considering writing “popular” works, or simply works that normal people can read, to be beneath them.
- Both claim to endorse broad horizons, even when they specialize heavily in very specific fields.