Educated advice

Why do some of us seem reluctant to take advice from people who have little education and hold greater sway with the opinion of those with an education? Do people who are more educated really know more than those who aren’t?

Is it because we’re stubborn, or is it because we will only accept advice from people who we think will have the answers and think only educated people do? We seem to put our trust in educated people. Does knowledge or education have anything to do with common sense and do they both work in harmony with each other?

We can be knowledgeable but without common sense. Just because we obtain knowledge from a book, doesn’t mean we have common sense. Learning facts doesn’t always equate to common sense. We must apply those facts to everyday life and situations.

Without an education, we can still know as much as there is to know, probably more than someone who just knows about what they’ve learned in school. Just because we don’t have an education, doesn’t mean we’re not knowledgeable. Education comes in many forms.

It’s a personal choice, but I would rather function and know all there is to know about life, than be educated and not be able to function normally in my life. Wisdom and common sense come from experience, but we must continually apply ourselves so that we learn everything there is to learn.

We should learn to take advice from anyone with or without an education. To ignore good advice when it’s given because that person isn’t educated is wrong.


5 Mar, 2014

4 thoughts on “Educated advice

  1. I so totally agree with you!! I know a few people that are educated, but when it comes to common sense they have little or none.

    It’s sad when they don’t realize it and think just because they have a degree in something they know it all. I have two people in my family that are that way. One of them has said before that they are the one with the master’s degree, therefore they know everything. RIDICULOUS!! and the other thinks they know everything about everything and their life is upside down because they don’t have the common sense enough to get it right.

    I would take the advice of someone who isn’t educated over an educated person any day. My son has a doctor that believes everything he has learned from a book and so therefore every child should follow the same path and if it works for one child, then it will work for all children! NOT!!

    He doesn’t have the common sense to realize that my child is different and he has the opposite reaction to certain things than what is in a book. This is a sore subject with me, as you can probably guess!!

    I’ve been on the opposite end of the stick. I have an education but am looked upon as not being smart, but I have common sense and to a lot of people that isn’t enough. People will ask me my opinion about something then go consult someone with an education. That burns me up.

    Just don’t ask me if you’re going to go to someone else.

    1. Thanks Lisa!! Yes I can tell you feel so strongly about this one and that’s great. It’s always lovely when my blogs open debate, thoughts and feelings on what we all may deal with.

      I think your response on your son’s doctor writes home to all of us how the world thinks. Doctors and/or specialists will always diagnose from a book to diagnose what a child has.

      I know with what I’ve been through with my own diagnosis and discussions with the various Doctors, there are parts of my brain that have been affected differently to someone else’s CP symptoms. Symptoms of the brain will always present differently and because of that the diagnosis will also present differently.

      I think as your son’s case has proved, it’s wrong to diagnose solely from a book. We must always apply common sense and if we have to look for a more accurate diagnosis that fit the presenting symptoms.

      We cannot change the world or other people’s perceptions, all we can do is change our own perceptions on how we respond to those people. I have had two family members use this kind of behaviour for years.

      Your last thought Lisa sums up what many other people will think I’m sure. Don’t ask for advice if you’re going to go and ask someone else as well. What’s the point?

  2. Lisa you win the prize for the best reply ever!

    I had two relatives who behaved like this. One even asked my help, and when she wasn’t happy with the result she told me that I wasn’t as clever as i thought I was. That was the last time she got any help from me period. Being nice doesn’t cost anything.

    Education is just the beginning and experience is equally if not more important. When you seek a ‘specialists’ advice you can take their paper qualifications for granted but their experience and manner soon assumes precedence.

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