Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More than just familiarity breeds contempt

It occurs to me that the story of McChrystal's undoing contains another lesson, hardly flattering but certainly not limited to McChrystal's case:

The modern professional is defined by the possession of expert knowledge, and expert knowledge inexorably leads to contempt for those who don't possess it, even if -- perhaps especially if -- those unschooled souls are the ones in whose service you're supposed to place your expertise.

There's another example here.

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