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Instill Confidence: Falsely. Disastrously
2003 09 11 Confidence Bestowed by (Forced) Inexperience
Ouch! 2003 09 17 and I still haven’t put one line here. And I can’t just yet.
Let me just blurt something: School’s purpose is to baby sit, to take children from their parents, to further-ascend the state over the family, to keep newcomers out of the work force, to exaggerate any real distinctions between management and labor … Any of these have repercussions: secondary effects.
Those sequestered from adult experience, regardless of how much dope they smoke, how much they shoplift, how they lie to get tobacco and booze … will readily believe that they are innocent, that they are moral, high-minded, idealistic …
Those without executive experience easily imagine that they’d be good executives: incorruptible, efficient: that their territory, their actual performance, would match the map, the ideal of the ideals they’ve been force-fed.
Boy, it didn’t take me long in the art world to realize that I was doing every single thing I hated in my predecessors and colleagues. I hated it when my submissions didn’t get intelligent attention from slush readers? Hey, I didn’t look very carefully at the forty-jillions slides submitted to me each day either.
Clinton gets blown under his desk: every non-president imagines that every other presidential candidate would not stick his in the mouth of any compliant intern! Inexperience always believes itself to be nobler than experience.
Go to the movies: every kid, four feet tall, sixty, eighty pounds … imagines he’s John Wayne, Sly Stallone, the Terminator … Look at the winos in the back: do they imagine that they’re the hero?