I was reading Jane Austen Fan Fic again — yes, I know, but you know what? It’s still cheaper than cocaine or even the levels of alcohol needed to get through the present idiocy — and something made me guffaw out loud.
This young lady — almost for sure young — seems to have a very weird idea of the English Regency. Oh, she’s not so strange as some of them who think “Lord” is a title and that your title is just your last name and the house you live in satisfies the “of.” So, you know, the Bennets are made Lord and Lady Bennet of Longbourn because…. Cheese, Green, Penguins!
This woman’s ignorance was not that in your face, and because of that it was probably less noticeable, by her and others as well.
You see, she’s talking of how noble families disposed of second third and etc. sons, and caused me to laugh so hard I scared the cats.
Because you know? She thought the favored professions for such scions of noble houses were medicine, the law and the church in that order.
Sorry, I’m still giggling.
In fact, medicine was considered a trade, such as carpenter or plumber and would not have fit such great personages.
Mostly, they were sent to the army or the church, though a fourth son might be allowed to study the law, maybe, provided he could be granted some important post like judge.
Medicine rose in consideration as it became more efficient, and better at producing outcomes, and particularly as the men and women that people interacted with in the profession often went to crazy levels of self-sacrifice to make sure other people were well.
A few of those public figures and it set the tone for a respected profession.
The law became respected because well…. they make money. And are useful in the present day.
I was thinking of that when doctors have thrown their prestige and ability in in the service of various social causes that have nothing to do with medicine, and have become ever more faddish and prone to follow whatever the left wants.
Now, sure, that’s not all doctors. That’s not even most of them. It’s just their professional organizations and their public figures.
But it’s enough.
In the same way, how many lawyers does it take becoming judges and proving themselves partial and prejudiced, not to mention invencibly stupid, before lawyers too lose all perstige.
In this as in everything else, the left captures the institutions, professions or organizations, skins them, and wears the skin demanding respect.
As the error in the fanfic shows the left (almost for sure for the author) thinks that prestige and power inhere to things: to institutions, to skin color, to positions, to professions. They think it’s always been so and it will always be so, pre-ordained, world without end.
That is not how the world works. Professions and institutions acquire respect by proving themselves worthy of it.
Awards win respect by being given to people others admire. But how many idiots winning them with unreadable books does it take to wash away the patina of Heinlein?
Well, turns out not many.
How many idiots like the pathologically narcissistic Fauci does it take to destroy the patina of medicine? How many doctors on tic toc doing choreographed dances in empty hospitals while your cancer goes untreated? How many doctors getting in the middle of the street and pretending to be dead in “White coats for black lives?”
How many idiot engineers who can’t figure out 2+2 does not equal white supremacy have to build bridges that fall before people figure out the profession is not what it was.
How many graduates from Harvard have to fail at basic historical analysis before a degree from Harvard is worse than toilet paper, particularly in times of shortage?
There is something cells do when they deem they’re no longer useful. They commit apoptosis. I.e. they implode and get eaten by other cells.
In a way all the institutions of the industrial age, taken over by the left because the left imagines that power inheres to things, not individuals (even if things are status or station or organization) are now committing apoptosis, convinced that just a little push can get the left into power forever.
But society has already changed, and all they’re doing is killing themselves and any trust people had in them.
The society being aborn — these things always happen in pain and blood, alas — will have different prestige, different ranks, different trust. And definitely different institutions and organizations, in place of the crazy ones pushing historical fantasy and “equity” which means “Bias worn out and proud, because we’re that stupid.”
In the end, when you skin something and wear the skin you don’t get respect. All you get is a suit made of rot.
And the world goes on past you.