For someone to have thought something which matters, it has to be quite easy for many t learn, since otherwise others cannot build upon those thoughts. So a thinker is not necessarily very intelligent compared to others, not chosen from a wide group. Finding things that matter and that many can agree about demands some level of understanding, but that's it. A child can understand as much or more, even many children in somebody's aquiantages. Children have the potential to intelligence and wisdom. What is a recognized thought or theory, is just somebody's interest, somebody's who was with a good enough understanding that is not necessarily any better than that of many others. Children learn about the world and associate with many kinds of things, so they can sometimes learn amazingly much - and the too educated adult forefigures know amazingly little. The sma of course with other aquiantages: many can understand a lot even though they do not share the same majpor interests. It is no wonder if someone is better than some famous person. Starting from a different ground and knowing the same things that the forefigure noticed, one can notice also those things and something more f one's own or one's friends' thoughts too.
In learning about new things forefigures only does not bring the best understanding, since one needs room for individual observations too, from them one can later build better pieces of understanding. Individual understanding alone is also often lacking because peole tend tp have some common pitfalls, like a lack of a picture of the whole, a poor choise of social values etc, which a forefigure's example removes a little bit like more skilled company that allows also individual understanding.