Then we grow up.
Ever since Al Gore invented the internet, people have been complaining about how everyone thinks they are an expert.
People have become their own travel agents.
People diagnose their own illnesses with online checklists of their symptoms.
Parents weigh in on other people’s parenting choices, glorifying their credentials by stating they are a mom, so they know.
This has been going on forever despite this being a devaluation of actual expertise.
When everybody is an “expert”, nobody is an expert.
Unfortunately, real experts aren’t appreciated for their years of study, dedication to the field, and specialized knowledge.
When your neighbor says something it is now given equal weight to what is said by actual experts who are actually involved in something that affects the entire population.
Scientists are brushed aside as having an “agenda”, or tied into a large corporation, or not having a real-life understanding, while those with their compelling stories and gut feelings know better.
Career politicians rant like they know everything about everything, and all they need is to be able to give a speech as proof that they understand everything about everything, despite their speech being written by another “expert”. Despite their knowledge about how to save the world, nothing ever happens to accomplish that. Yet somehow the corporations always flourish.
So, while it is so easy to get a message out, maybe it’s time to go back to assess the quality of the message.
Hell, if we got rid of the industrial-scale production of things like food or energy or clothing or education, we would somehow save money and learn once again how to love our neighbors through bartering and sharing.
People want to make their own schools rather than rely on formalized educational institutions. After all, just because a physician only gets two hours of nutritional training in school because their curriculum is paid for by Big Pharma, why shouldn’t we accept that true healing only involves a medication or a surgery to relieve a symptom? It’s a total waste of time to address the cause.
Large-scale farming is viewed with skepticism or outright fear in favor of gardens or boutique farms, which are often run by newbie farmers. Come on, Monsanto has ben around for so long and how can anyone know better than them and how can an organic farmer have more knowledge and expertise that a corporation that espouses feeding the world?
Would-be writers avoid the culling and gatekeeping of the professional publishing industry and instead upload their manuscripts to self-publishing sites. Who cares if the publishing industry is so over whelmed and rejects so much? Obviously, if it doesn’t meet their standards what’s the value anyway?
People watch more homemade videos on their phones than professionally produced programming on TV and we all know that the mainstream media is the best and most objective and honest of all.
Music? Anyone can cut their own album in their back bedroom with a laptop and an app. How can that compare to spending a fortune to do it right?
And, why hire a professional photographer for your wedding when your buddy has an iPhone7?
Then we hear about “artisanal cooking, which is just a marketing tool for stuff that is basically “homemade”. I wonder how bread, for example, is made is made in an industrial kitchen and then called “artisanal”? Artisanal means that something is made by using traditional, non-mechanical methods, kind of like how grandma used to do it.
The empowerment of the individual to to master all things is sweet elementary school thinking of the A B, 1 2, left right thinking. But why can’t it work? Sometimes clumsy hands are more earnest and loving than the professional touch.
Understand that if you are self taught or operate with the kind of structure that keeps buildings from falling, keeps lies from getting on the front page, which is usually what happens when mainstream prevails, integrity provides a process for correction if mistakes are made.
Regardless of the path, the element of human genius comes with expert knowledge and dedication to truth and honesty. And only through dedication of one’s life to master a subject and present it in a truthful manner, even if it means going against the tide, exemplifies integrity.
Above all, we all must realize that we can learn more every day and as such we always keep an