NOTE: To those who are going to get their knickers in a knot about my opinion, you are probably a person with a PhD. Yes, I KNOW there are always exceptions and I’ve been lucky enough to meet those people too. I can’t deny though, that I’ve met more of the former!
Years ago I remember seeing a license plate sticker in Australia with the words, “I have a PhD!” and in brackets, “I have a pretty huge dick.”
I thought it was funny. Now I have a slightly different take on it.
I used to think universities were wonderful places of learning (and they can be!) and I had every intention of doing further study to get a PhD.
But, the longer time went on and the more people I met who had theirs and worked in various industries, the more I began to realise that PhD doesn’t mean, “I have a pretty huge dick,” it means, ” I AM a pretty huge dick!”
I remember one woman I knew in Australia who was phenomenally brilliant and who had her PhD in Education but could not for the life of her, teach and handle a class. It didn’t matter that she had that degree because learning and then actually putting into practice in real-life situations what you have learned, are two completely different things. She ended up leaving teaching.
I’ve met some wonderful teachers here in Japan and some of them didn’t even go to university.
I’ve come to see that degrees and marriage are pretty much the same thing: a piece of paper with very little substance.
I met another man here (unfortunately) who made it appear as a joke, but who wasn’t really joking, that when he got his PhD, he wanted the letters after his name on all his bank cards. He also said he wanted people to call him, ‘Doctor.’
I just thought he was a wanker and told him so.
To me, universities are places for people who believe/want to be, socially elite and boast that they have this degree, blah, blah, blah. Sure, you might have a degree, but you’re still a dickhead.
The same man is doing yet another degree and when I bluntly asked if it was because he didn’t know what else to do with his life, he said studying is fun and I love learning.
I had no problem with that, but I don’t for a second believe his bullshit.
This morning I listened to a podcast where a man described lectures at universities as, ‘social workshops for the socially challenged.’
I laughed out loud.
He had it spot on!
The above man and indeed, the above woman are both socially challenged. She is lovely, but just prefers to be by herself and of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. He, however, lacks any empathy or indeed, trace of humanity and as a result, has no friends.
I’d like to point out that education is a wonderful thing and learning for the sake of learning is fantastic and something that should be encouraged. Those people, however, who believe they need that piece of paper to justify their existence/knowledge/expertise/whatever word you want to insert are just DICKS.
I now have no intention of ever doing my PhD because I don’t feel the need to prove anything to myself or to others.
I guess that means I’m not a pretty huge dick.