The power of professionals

This week’s The Economist has two articles on medicine and doctors in China which prompted the following thoughts.

One of the more fascinating courses I took in university was on the sociology of work where the professor spent some time talking about what makes a professional.

We go to a professional when we are in a crisis and the professional has specialized knowledge which can help us.

This gives professionals a great deal of power over us and it encourages them to let us think they know more than they do.

It also means some of them are able to take advantage of us and it appears this applies to doctors in lots of countries.

The way for us to deal with this is to try to live a reasonable lifestyle (exercise and good diet) and when our turn comes, try to accept it gracefully.

 

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Promoting economic growth

This post is in reaction to two articles in this week’s Economist..

The first article shows how the insurance industry is using digitization to sell more insurance to those who need it the least.  The second article talks about digitization as a factor of economic growth.

Perhaps the real issue for the second article is how digitization can be used so the marketing people can con us into working our butts of so we can purchase more goods and service we don’t really need for the sake of economic growth.

What we really need is some way of evaluating things such as music, arts, crafts, exercise and meditation so they can be included in gross national product.  They could then  become the growth industries of the future.

 

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