Judging People by Their Profession

In an ideal world, one would only be judged on the basis of one’s integrity. Medical doctors are probably the number one of highly esteemed professionals or close to that in most people’s minds. That is, in my opinion, one of the reasons why it is so hard to accept their mistakes. We think they are god-like creatures and gods do not make mistakes. In reality they are only human and bound to make bad decisions at least at some points in their lives. They can for example have an illness themselves and this causes their concentration to lower. Or it can even happen on a good day and turns out to be a simple blunder.

Another example of bias regarding people’s profession is treating waiters, postmen, librarians and all sorts of clerks like our own personal slaves. The other day I witnessed an interesting incident. One of the customers in a bar was trying to order only half a bottle of beer. He was a real pest to the waitress. Of course, in cases like this any number of explanations is possible. Maybe he is really poor. Maybe he has a really hard time leaving half of the beer to be thrown away. But, what is probably the most plausible explanation, he probably simply enjoys torturing waitresses and waiters.

In addition to that, in my opinion, there is no use abusing the waiter and then leaving him a large tip for example. The hurt was there, it cannot be repaid. They may be people we do not know personally, but they still matter.

In the apartment building where I live I have come across deliberate littering in the elevator or smearing the walls with a tooth paste on several occasions. Was it just adolescent teasing? Or was it the we-pay-the-cleaning-lady-we-will-litter-attitude? The cleaning lady is paid for incidental messes we make, there is no need to do things on purpose. Would anyone hurt oneself deliberately, because one pays health insurance? Highly unlikely.

In an ideal world, one would only be judged on the basis of one’s integrity. In no way can the title of a profession make us think too highly or too lowly of an individual. At least this is my humble opinion.

Take care,

Helena Smole, author of:

– a fantasy novel with romance Vivvy and Izzy the Dwarf: A series about relationships

Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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