When we come to understand our life with all of its possibilities, we become aware. That makes us knowledgeable, but shouldn’t necessarily make us self-righteous. There is a difference.
Being self-righteous often very much depends on how we see or offer our views or opinions. We become self-righteous when we’re moralistic and intolerant of other people’s opinions. We may become intolerant when others choose not to listen to what we say, instead of being open to discuss our opinions and why views may differ.
When we come across as smug, then others may think us self-righteous, but that isn’t always the case. Intuitively, knowing that something is true doesn’t make us self-righteous, but it does make us knowledgeable.
In certain cases, it can often come down to how others choose to receive what we tell them, not always how we deliver.