The Cult Of Opinion

Another paradox of modern society:

  1. We live in a society of commentators
  2. Humility is exalted as a virtue

Every day there are one or several topics to discuss. And the “respectable citizen,” he is expected to add his voice to this social arena, to give his judgment on topics presented to him with all the nuance of a pneumatic hammer.

“Humility” has become a social mask, something that one pretends to be, a hug or kiss given due to social obligation and not out of affection.

Where is the humility of saying “I know nothing this topic”?

I understand:

  1. Medicine (with emphasis on the head and neck)
  2. Video Games
  3. Writing
  4. Scientific Research (IE, inquiry, statistics, and the scientific method)
  5. Philosophy

These are the things that I have studied, to the exclusion of almost everything else, for most of my life. Other than that, in recent years, I have made an effort to learn:

  1. Marketing
  2. Management
  3. Audio recording and editing
  4. Interviewing
  5. Cooking

I would not talk about one of these topics to a panel of experts. I can contribute to elucidate a lay audience somewhat, but still have a lot to learn.

And that’s all. There are five things I feel comfortable talking about, and five things where I display some confidence. Everything else? I don’t know. I didn’t study it. I don’t talk about it. I have no opinion.

What are your ten?

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