Posted 26 December 2008 - 02:13 PM
One theme I've noticed here is that some people posing the query, "What do you do?" are extremely judgmental about what you do or don't do, what you supposedly have or have not accomplished with your life. And some people who ask these questions are con men. They are sizing you up instead of looking to make polite or possibly more involved conversation. For example, Queen Evie does a LOT with her life as a mother and homemaker. Good for her! She has an encyclopedic knowledge both of popular music and of computers, and probably other things as well. Not everyone who has advanced degrees has found vocations or positions compatible with their personalities, mental quirks, or life circumstances. Nowadays there are a lot of folks who are fairly well-educated in various areas. They may not be renaissance men and women, but they are curious and diligent at increasing their knowledge. Those are the two most important components of intelligence, to my way of thinking. We have all come across rigid pedants or bureaucrats with advanced degrees who have no creativity, no curiosity, no understanding that one purpose of higher education is to make oneself a better person: more humane, compassionate and wise. And those who found school boring or could not afford it have often found other ways to use and to develop their varied forms of intelligence.
Worth should be based on how one treats other people and the manner in which one tries to live one's life, not on job title or total number of degrees.
And the floundering economy is a great leveler of those who formerly held positions of rank and privilege. Not to mention "influence."