The Age of the Ultracrepidarian - Deepstash
Greek orator-Demosthenes

“The easiest thing of all is to deceive oneself; for we believe whatever we want to believe.” 

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The ultracrepidarians

Ultracrepidarian is a person who offers opinion beyond their knowledge.

Opinions combined with Ignorance is a Dangerous Combination!!

Why do people feel compelled to offer advice when they’re clearly not qualified?

Daniel Patrick Moynihan said “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”

And yet we’re surrounded by people who seem unable to differentiate between the two.

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The interesting origin:

Apelles of Kos, one of the famous painters of Ancient Greece, often brought his paintings to the village square to gain some real-time feedback. On one of these occasions, a shoemaker noted the sandals on a character in the painting and criticized their shape.

Apelles took note of the feedback and changed the painting. When he brought it back to the public square, the shoemaker then began to critique other aspects of the painting. To which Apelles replied, supra crepidam sutor iudicaret” , meaning “do not judge anything apart from the sandals".

Latin word ultra -beyond, and crepida -a sandal

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Mark twain

“We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking.”

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Be skeptical but be scientific

Ultracrepidarians hate science. They hate evidence. It exposes their opinions for what they are — mere opinions without the knowledge or experience to support them.

Science demands skepticism. It may start with an opinion, but no opinion is allowed to continue without test.

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Takeaways
  • Are you trying to help someone do what’s best for them or promote your own agenda?
  • Are you trying to help others on their own journey or are you looking to inflate your own ego?
  • Are you working in absolutes, never or always, or do you recognize that life includes much more nuance?

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