… just one example of the creeping evil of Professionalism, the control of aspects of society by cliques of insiders…
— Ted Nelson
I had a lengthy chat with a colleague who is facing major problems at work. He has all the logic on his side. He has the facts clearly defined and they truly support his point of view. However, he is fighting a losing battle because he is losing on the professional front. This made me think of few concepts: what the hell is fact, logic and professionalism? Are we taught the wrong concepts?
First some anecdotes came to my mind: We create “elegant” words to disguise vice and convert them to virtues. For example, “efficiency” is an elegant laziness. Politics is a disguise for deception. Diplomacy is elegance in lying! This made me think, is Professionalism an elegant disguise for unfairness?
I am just wondering!! I hope this concepts materializes into some meaningful formula.
Some famous quotes that addresses common sense which I will use in future blogs:
Professionalism has no place in art.
Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence
— Joseph Wood Krutch
Logic: an instrument used for bolstering a prejudice
— Elbert Hubbard
I see Professionalism as a spreading disease of the present-day world, a sort of poly-oligarchy by which various groups […] can bring things to a halt if their particular demands are not met…
Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic
If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.
— Albert Einstein