How do you feel about extremely educated & successful people? Do you ADMIRE such people or
do you feel THREATENED by them?
It is a yes and no question, I think it is important to point out, people with more experience or more education, don't necessary make them the best person for the job, although having more experience or education, can help to upgrade a person's ability and some job, do require a level of education or experience to be able to perform. But never the less, the person with the most experience and education, is not necessary the best person for the job.
Why? Let's say education, education is only about learning, it doesn't necessary mean, this person have the ability require to use those skills in practical manners. While sometime, people who have lesser education, might be very good at implementing the skills they learn, in practice. Thus, they would be better for the job, then the person whom despite having more education, is not as good at implementing the skills they learn in practice. My dad is an engineer and he talked about, how when he first started out, in his twenties, in a team of engineers, there was 2 guy, that got PhD, originally the boss thought, these 2 would be the strongest engineer of the team, but one of the guy who got a PhD, suck so much, he is only average (and without a PhD, he probably be the weakest link of the team)
Let's say experience, the most important things about experience, isn't how much experience a person got, but their ability, in converting those experience to assist them in practice. But once again, there is a problem. For example, there is an old say "practice make perfect", but some people only need to practice a skill for 3 times, to be good at it, others might need to practice 10 times and still very bad at it. To the same extend, the person with more experience is not always the best person for the job.
Unfortunently, except with government job, where we can test a person's ability via a standard civil service examination process (and some big company can do similar), most small firms, are not able to do it and must rely on how many experience and education a person have. If those experience and education, transfer into the require practical ability, to do the just, it is all good, but if it does not allow transfer into the require practical ability, you wasted your time, hiring an incompetent person and unfortunently, it do happen. While, sometime, a person whom despite having lesser education or experience, but might be better candidate, would be missed out.
I am stuck on extremely. In general I 'feel' happy for a person who obtains an education, arrives on some success determined by themselves, and both. In general I admire them, but threatened is determined by the individual and I cannot generalize that.
For instance, I would feel threatened by a middle school age kid pointing a gun at me or someone else. I would feel threatened by the president changing the social security system. In other words, threatening me means will cause harm, even though there may not be intent.
I am not worshipful of those with a higher degree though many expect to be. I have a bachelor's degree in engineering; I had to take Calculus 3, differential equations, several semesters of linear algebra. Your liberal arts masters' and doctorate are a lot of reading and writing papers, more a measure of the time you invested than anything actually learned. And in some cases, the higher degree is only a sign you're more indoctrinated.
Dennis Prager has an article on things you need at least a master's degree to believe. For example, sex is a social construct but women are inherently better because of their gender's innate traits.
So no, I don't let someone with a doctorate in liberal arts tell me they are better because they have a doctorate.
And I don't assume someone with a master's degree is smarter in any case, because so many people don't need to earn a higher degree for their career path, may earn other certifications instead or may earn it later.
In short, those who worship the credential want you to do so, too. Don't. We should value education that makes people more able to earn a living and contribute to society, but sitting in a few more years of lectures is not necessarily better and often counterproductive.
I believe success is a relative term because it changes for every individual. Some may consider success on a monetary basis others on some type of personal achievement, yet others may base there success on the success of others. Extremely educated can lead to some time of success, but once again it's a relative term. There are multimillion dollar athletes who speak as if they have a very minute education and there are very educated people who seem like have no common sense sometimes. We are all different and it's the differences that we should admire in one another. Whether someone is extremely educated, successful, both or neither, each person has unique qualities that make them one of a kind and we should celebrate that. People generally get what they put in, and if they want to be extremely educated and become successful then it's am admirable trait(s) but if someone's view of success is being content with what they have, then that's just as admirable. It's when others attempt to stop or hinder others from accomplishing something that it may become a problem.
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