My mind, this morning, is filled with the image of the fractal cascading effects of things we take for granted. I have always been of the opinion that some professions and occupations should only be held by people who are not allowed to have children and/or property. While I am not a practicing Catholic, I was raised one and this view is certainly influenced by the Catholic perspective. I, however, do not tie this notion to any theological foundation, but rather, a larger view of survival and evolution.
The widening gap in wages and class in this country is the direct result of the fact that the people with power and authority in our society are allow to own private property and have children. All people will generally think of themselves first. All parents will make choices that are best for their children, whether they are conscious of that fact or not. Perhaps they are only innocently making their choices from the perspective of being a parent. Except, their experience is that of a parent with wealth and power. So all their choices will be completely inconsiderate of the fact that not all people are rich and powerful.
Bankers, or anyone associated in the banking investment industry, should not be allow to acquire too much wealth for themselves or their families. But, that is as plain as the nose on our faces in this current economic environment. The reward for being a good banker should only be a healthy and secure life with the feeling of gratification for providing a strong and stable framework for society to build on. That is all.
More controversially, another profession that stands out to me, where people should not be allow to have children, is psychology. (Although, I believe that to get a Ph.d in psychology, a person must spend at least five years as a grade school teacher.) The average psychologist will say that they simply are aware not practice psychology on their families. This a joke and a fraud. No individual alive can separate their profession from their family life. Engineers and bankers and doctors. No matter how hard anyone tries. Forget it. It is impossible. And, even if a person was able to be very good at separating the two. Children learn most from watching and mimicking how their parents interact with other people. Even mechanics will have a car in the garage and, at very least, inadvertently teach their children a thing or two, and imprint on them a certain fantasized image of what a mechanic is. Which lead to the fact that, if a child of a psychologist were to become a psychologist themselves, their view of their role as a psychologist would be biased by their view of their parent; which is most likely unrealistic. So, these second generation psychologists would be trying to play a role for their patients that was heavily influenced by a child’s view of their parent, and their need to appease and live up to that perceived standard. Not a healthy way to be objective and unbiased.
Or, what about the children of people diagnosed as psychologically damaged? And have spent their lives watching the trials and tribulations of their parents. If they chose to pursue a career in psychology, would it not be very likely that they were only trying to distance themselves from their parent’s issues? Their perspective and practice would be entirely focused on deflecting any association and similarities that they shared with their parent. Should there be a screening process to keep these people from any career associated with practicing psychology on others? And what about people who enter the field of psychology as a means to hide their own behavior? Surely different from those who enter the field to openly explore their own behavior. (And, I hardly wish to bring up the question of whether there is a connection between the huge number of people who graduate college with basic psychology degrees, and our modern age of passive aggressive political correctness. But,I guess I will anyway.)
In the end, this is all just my own perspective rattling around in my head and does not mean a thing. I tend to view things from the perspective of evolution and survival of the species over the long term. Many aspects of our culture and academics today view things in terms of individual gratification and short term politically correct appearances. Which is why I tend to rub people the wrong way on such matters. They claim to be professionals, which I agree with, but professionals who often have an unhealthy and unsustainable perspective. The greatest legacy of the Catholic church, in my opinion, will be the notion that the roles we play in a healthy society must dictate the lives we lead. There are certain professions that where people must be remove from the “normal” life. Or else, they will abuse the position and remove themselves in a negative and unsustainable manner.
Ten thousand years from now. Everything we marvel at will only be remembered as being similar to the time when a monkey picked up a stick and used it in a a very brutal way.