I know this post`s going to offend a few readers.
But like Rhett Butler told Scarlette Ohara in `Gone With the Wind`...
"Frankly I don`t give a damn"
(Ok - what he really said was "Frankly my dear, I don`t give a damn" - but that`s beside the point!)
Before I go any further, let me make one thing clear...
I`m not talking about everyone with a degree (if I was, that would be dumb. Then this post would be about me and not about dumb people with degrees.)
But I am talking about a significant number of dumb degree holders that make this post worth writing.
Why would I say such a thing?
Over the years I`ve come across an alarming number of people with degrees who lack good old common sense and the ability to think outside the box (what is it they say -- common sense isn`t common?)
I`ve found that a large number of university graduates do well when presented with a problem that requires structured resolution steps -- they simply follow A to B to C, without much thought.
But when faced with a similar problem with no predetermined variables or structure, a disturbing number appear to lack the ability to apply the same principles to the problem.
In other words, if you tell them to get from A to Z by following the normal sequence of letters, they can do it. But if you tell them to get from A to Z in less than two steps without missing any letters in between (solution at the end of this post), most of them have a mental melt-down.
I believe this is because a large number of students spend their years in University remembering how to apply what they`ve been taught, as opposed to really understanding the underlying principles of what they`re being taught.
And in their exams they simply regurgitate what they`ve remembered, without really understanding the underlying reasons for doing it -- or being aware that there might be alternatives.
Here`s something else that makes me conclude that people with degrees are dumb...
Have you ever been in one of those meetings where most of those present have fancy letters like Dr, BSC, MSC, MA etc before or after their names?
This often creates the illusion that these guys are so much more intelligent than everyone else there. It can also be quite intimidating when the only letters you have after your name are your surname!
The objective of the meeting is to try and find a solution to a major problem. You sit there trying to make sense of all the complicated terms and information being thrown around by the intellects and academics.
And within 5 minutes you think you`ve made sense of it and have come up with a possible solution.
But you dismiss it because you tell yourself that if all these clever people are still trying to come up with a solution, then obviously you`ve completely misunderstood the problem.
The meeting drags on and the more they discuss the issues, the more you`re convinced you DO have the solution. So at the risk of sounding stupid, you suggest it quietly under your breath.
Now all eyes are on you. They ask you to explain. So in simple terms you tell them what you understand the problem to be and how you think it can be resolved.
At that point a couple of faces light up as they think to themselves -- `hmm....that might work`.
But because of the simplicity -- and the need to prove they`re intellectual superior -- a few take the simple solution, spend another hour over analysing it, and then finally regurgitate the same solution back to the group.
Only this time using academic speech to make it sound much more complicated than it really is.
Can you relate?
It`s these experiences that have led me to conclude that a large number of degree holders really are quite dumb.
Maybe that`s why they feel the need to parade their letters for all to see. They want everyone to believe they`re really smart, even though they`re not.
A bit like men with big cars who have small feet. Nuff said :)
Needless to say I`m sure some of you might disagree with my opening statement and have your own opinion. If so, please share them in the `comments` section below.
Else, let`s agree that people with degrees are dumb.
Ade Shokoya - founder www.ItsAnEntrepreneursWorld.com
P.S: Here`s a possible solution that will get you from A to Z in less than 2 steps...
Go backwards directly from A to Z!