...so says, Marc Cortez:
Academics annoy people. There's just no getting around it. We can be smug, self-righteous, know-it-alls. We don't mean to. But it happens anyway.
I’m sure we do this in lots of little ways that I never notice. But I think one of the more common mistakes is when we forget that what might be common knowledge to those with our particular research interests may not be (i.e. almost certainly isn't) common knowledge to everyone else. So we make some off-handed comment about something that "everybody knows," unintentionally making everyone around us feel stupid because they have no idea what we’re talking about.
For what it's worth, this academic, who is also a pastor, thinks Cortez is right.
You can read his entire post, here.
Yes academic types can be annoying. They can also enlighten, aid in learning, and teach others to be curious about life and the complexities we face. Keep up the good work and risk being annoying at times.
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