Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about what it means to be an amateur and the impact of the cult of expertise. Expertise is important and necessary, but in our society we often give people who are experts in a specific field credibility in other areas when a true expert needs to spend all of their time in their field to stay at the head of the pack. Would you rather be the best at one thing and average at everything else, or would you rather be in the top ten percent at everything? The proper amateur pursues balance and a broad knowledge base to become anti-fragile to the pressures and stresses on life. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!
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In the interview shown above, Italian comedian turned Five Star Movement political leader describes a profound shift sweeping the globe:
This information never ceases to make the rounds: you don’t have a political project, you’re not capable, you’re imbeciles, amateurs…
And yet, the amateurs are the ones conquering the world and I’m rejoicing in it because the professionals are the ones who have reduced the world to this state. Hillary Clinton, Obama and all the rest have destroyed democracy and their international policies.
If that’s the case, it signifies that the experts, economists and intellectuals have completely misunderstood everything, especially if the situation is the way it is. If the EU is what we have today, it means the European dream has evaporated. Brexit and Trump are signs of a huge change. If we manage to understand that, we’ll also get to face it.
What does the rise of the amateur entail for our world? Let’s broaden our focus after spending the past couple of months narrowing down on domestic politics. Larger trends are at work and the cult of expertise is being significantly threatened.
Bring your questions to our open forum and join us for another lively meeting of The Amateur Society. We look forward to having you with us. Stay safe and God bless!
We are told to trust the experts. They know what is right. They know what is best. We would all be better off if we would all just outsource our decision making and follow their advice, suggestions, and commands. Those who don’t obey the experts are the ones who are making things difficult for the rest of us. If only we could get rid of those pesky fools who won’t listen to the experts then all of our problems would be solved. After all, the experts know how to solve all our problems. They told us they do. Not only that: they’re experts! Surely we don’t want to go against the experts. They’re much smarter than we are. Wouldn’t it be so much simpler if we all just went along with the program?
Here at The Amateur Society we have no overarching gripe against experts generally as a category of people. When I needed reconstructive foot surgery as a child I went to an expert. The medical field provides us with any number of areas where expertise is fundamentally necessary. More broadly speaking, we are always reliant upon others who have more developed skills than we do in various areas. If you can guarantee that you are 100% self-reliant in all current and potential future scenarios, then drop me a line. I’d be thrilled to learn from your experience and abilities!
What I vigorously object to is what I call the cult of expertise.
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