I get the feeling that the importance of intelligence has been rather overplayed in Western society.
It is undoubtedly a very useful thing, but how useful, compared to other things?
Seems to me that the intelligent man cares little for intellect, in the same way the two-legged man cares less about his two legs than the legless man might.
Character might be something worth elevating in an individual's eyes. Or honour. Or the capacity for respect and gratitude. These are things that one must cultivate, or not. Unlike intelligence, that, presumably, one is simply born with, or without.
Like a physically beautiful woman, it is the luck of the draw, more than any special effort made at attainment.
One may, I suppose, selectively breed for desirable traits. And this may have its value.
But in the real world, chance plays a larger part, and things turn out as they turn out.
The Uber-man takes the hand he has been dealt, and maximizes it.
The ability and resolve to do this, probably counts for more than raw intelligence.