Mandy Kloppers

Titles and facades

I was driving in my car the other days and drove past a recruitment sign outside a nursery for young childre, The sign was looking to recruit “nursery practitioners”. I remember thinking that seemed a stiff, odd title for people who look after children and it got me thinking…

There are so many titles nowadays, as if these titles somehow bestow more professionalism or something. In some ways I find it laughable because titles actually say very little about the competency of the person behind the title. I have known people with titles who are incredibly ineffective and I have also met people without titles that are amazing at what they do,

These titles just add to a world that is already brimming with superficiality and facades that betray what is really hidden beneath. This may sound very cynical but as someone who is extremely interested in psychology and human behaviour, I am constantly aware of strange human practices and odd patterns of social etiquette.

The thing is, most of us buy into the facade and due to the overload of information, we often accept the facade at face value. There isn’t always something wrong with this but in some ways I do think we fool ourselves into thinking life is something more than it actually is.

Despite professionalism and education, there is still so much to learn about this world we live in and as long as we keep that in mind, we’ll be just fine. When I was younger, I was completely taken in by people in authority or so called “experts”. Now, I am a little more discerning. That’s not to say an “expert” isn’t an expert, but I don’t automatically accept until I have satisfied my own curiosity.

Be a critical thinker, don’t be taken in by titles and facades and remember that underneath all of that, we are all similar (fears, joys, experiences of life).

Mandy X




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