The Competency Fallacy: Everyone Wings It All the Time
Guardian blogger Oliver Burkeman summons his inner Onion writer and tells us that “Everyone is totally just winging it all the time.”
This is something I’ve thought for a long time. We are all humans and people by their nature are imperfect. “To Err is human” sayeth Alexander Pope many centuries ago. Yet we seem to demand that professionals, leaders, experts, etc be perfect all the time and never fail at anything even as all their best laid plans get blown up by random chaos. We also demand this of non-professionals in that we often seem to expect people to plan for everything that can go wrong.
So I have some questions:
1. How much do you think fictional media makes us think politicians, scientists, lawyers, doctors, and other professionals are competent than they really are? I have a friend who titled shows like House of Cards as “competency porn.” The same can be true in CIS shows. How many times are results inclusive or wrong on those shows?
2. What would happen if we basically all admitted the headline and that we are all essentially winging it and just trying to make sense of the random chaos that is life?