The Value of ExpertisePosted: April 11, 2008 | |
I have a confession: I don’t actually know anything, and I’m not a good writer.
Nevertheless, I do have quite a few ideas for research or opinion papers. Currently I’m working on an article discussing how our modern society places so much emphasis on expertise (technological in particular) that we diregard and brush off individuals who don’t meet the ever-changing needs of, or who are not able to adapt to, our technological world — namely, the elderly. In most cultures the elderly have (at least traditionally) been respected, revered, honored. They are valued for their life knowledge and experience, and typically accepted as having greater wisdom than the youth. Not so in our modern world; the aged are seen as doddering, senile, and incompetent.
Someday, when I know something and can write, I’ll post my little article for you to read. In the meantime, what’s your opinion on the subject (of expertise and aging, not my writing skills!)?