Credentials are the means by which the system convinces people of its legitimacy; don't be fooled.
Credentialism—the act of putting undue significance on degrees, titles, etc.—is one of the more common societal tricks that is used as a currency for credibility. If someone has X credential, without any need for investigation, we can trust that they’re correct (even if the opinion or suggestion being offered is outside of the scope of their credential).
Conversely, people who lack credentials are often discredited or ignored. This is unfortunate because the quality of a mind is not directly correlated with the credentials that mind has acquired. The quality of a mind is based on its thoughts and its outputs. What does it think? What does it say? How does it think? How does it say what it knows?
Avoid people and situations where the game being played is heavily rooted in credentialism. More often than not, the people who do this are the ones who know the least. The ones who truly know tend to lack “the stamp” and are unknown to most.
Be careful: acknowledging this annoys people because they’re emotionally invested in the system and its ability to mint success (even if this is an absolute lie and, ultimately, a marketing tactic).Permalink