Henry Ford was at one point questioned by lawyers in order to prove that he was intelligent by being asked a series of questions about history and obscure terminology that, at the time, would prove that someone had a university education.
After taking enough questions and seemingly irritated, he exclaimed that he had a series of buttons on his desk where he could call in a person willing to consult with him about any matter that he didn’t know the answer to. Why would he need to know everything when he has access to what he needs to know in order to continue with his process?
That seemed to shut everyone up.
The same thing has been seen over and over from influential people such as physicists, to even more practical businessmen as Bill Gates. They specialized in something and were able to connect knowledge into a plan, even if the plan didn’t exist and they had to make it.
School should be teaching us how to connect things in order to come up with a plan and then execute on it. Slowly, it has turned into a way to prove that you know something, even if you can do absolutely nothing with the information you were taught.
You got an A in math, cool. You scored a B on your last exam, oh no, that’s going to lower your GPA. A low GPA means a crappier job.
The plan is already made for you, all you have to do is follow the road, do as you’re told, and meet expectations. Doesn’t sound like a plan I want to follow.
But then you come around people in organizations such as the current United States administration that puts up a list of expectations. Are you college educated? Do you have a family? Do you follow the law? I’ve come around other countries where they ask similar things in order to award a visa, or even a potential job opportunity. Hey, I get it, there are hundreds of millions of people to sort through, why not put some metrics in place?
Sadly, we’re still in that age where you have to look at a brown man and then down at his resumé in order to come up with an accurate judgement, something that puts the burden of proof on the applicant, that no, he is not and does not support your stereotype of a son of Mexican immigrants.
And then they ask us why we walk around like we have something to prove.
We have something to prove.