After yesterday’s post Why Soldiers Die for Their Countries (a rebuttal) I received some interesting feedback from readers and friends. Of course, once I realized that the article in question was written by an Evolutionary Psychologist from the London School of Economics (sounds fancy doesn’t it?), I had a moment of doubt. I thought to myself, “You just jumped all over a professional academic person with credentials and Dr. in front of his name!” The doubt though left as soon as it crept in, because really, I am just as qualified to spout my opinions as he is. It isn’t a competition, they are just opposing opinions, and that is what research and science are here for. Anyone can create a hypothesis. Anyone can have theories and share them. Just because these theories come from ‘educated people’ does not lend them any more merit than mine – until theories can be tested, measured, and replicated they remain theories- and therefore are open to debate- by anyone.
Who really decides who is qualified or not to examine our culture, behaviors, motivations and ambitions? It is not always the person with the highest amount of student loan debt that makes all of the huge strides in science and theory. A 15 year old recently developed ‘test strips’ to detect pancreatic cancer in its early treatable stages. We aren’t discounting this kid because he is only in high school. He saw a problem, and searched for a solution. He found one. Wow. What would happen to hundreds-of -thousands of people if we had waited to listen to him until he earned his doctorate degree?
So the next time some ‘learned’ person (or anyone else) negates your opinion because of your age, education, gender, religion or any other arbitrary thing – go ahead and stand up for yourself. The only one who suffers if you don’t – is you.