The COBBLERS ‘ TIME
We are now living during a sad time of incompetence and aggressive ignorance in the area of politics and social life.
A very old English proverb states this: “A cobbler should stick to his last” (a last being the wooden pattern used to mould the shoe)
Looking around us it is astonishing how many persons with a lot of money but full of ignorance impose their fallacious opinions.
The Hollywood industry , in that Lala land, is full of drop-outs from high schools, never read five real books in their empty lives, but having zillions because of good-looking, inflated muscles or large breast size , suddenly they became specialists in climate, oil industry, diets, social left experiments , basically in everything.
Unfortunately because these ignoramus have access – due to their financial status and not to their intelligence – to various publications, simple people are influenced by these false idols.
Recently I looked to a movie with a very popular “star” , with a very rigid opinion and message about fracking. The movie was a flop but it was financed by…a country rich in oil, around Persian Gulf for which an American self-sufficient in oil is not good for their export.
Another one, dropped out in the third year of high school, very successful in the movie industry, without any qualification in a field, suddenly emits strong and ridiculous opinions about climate and , with zero qualification in the history , became extremely opinionated in the field of native and first settlers history.
It is very interesting the professional biography of a politicians who made a huge fortune blabbering about environment without any studies in the field. He went to a college, due to his father connections and money , but his grades during his first two years put him in the lower one-fifth of the class. During his sophomore year, he reportedly spent much of his time watching television, shooting pool, and occasionally smoking marijuana. Later on went to other college where, he later said he went there in order to explore “spiritual issues”, and that “he had hoped to make sense of the social injustices that seemed to challenge his religious beliefs.
Finally he dropped out from Law school to step in his father’s shoes, the easiest way to make money: becoming a politicians .
The Washington, Hollywood, Ottawa , etc., are full with examples like that because we have now new strange useless professions like politicians, social activists, protesters, etc.
It is not even amusing to see characters who, after a financial success, can afford to pay advisors left anonymous and , suddenly, became specialists in everything with predilection in left politics : the more money they have the more slogans about spreading the wealth but, obviously, not theirs.
The danger for our real democratic life a not only the new “profession” named politician but the disappearance of a useful one, that of a statesman.
With money and family relations the politicians appeared in our lives like mushrooms after a rain, full of arrogant attitude that they are untouchable, they know everything and most dangerous is their claim that they know what is good for us, the normal people.
Moreover we should not be shocked to have a former social worker as a minister of oil or a total inexperienced in the field named as a minister of education, etc.
Idea of meritocracy is totally dissipated. It is replaced with a social and unjustified statistics based on sex, skin colour, nationality, religion, etc.
A government now ought to look like a social kaleidoscope.
With a total ignorance about the past history of our civilization, the politicians intend to define our future when the normal social order is to “study the past if you would define the future.”
A new “academia” tries to invent new aspects of our social life, obliterating the real roots of our culture .
If we study the history, it is very clear that these roots comes from Europe, from so called Judeo Christian culture.
Of course we consider Confucius as a wise man because he said “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” ―
They are another cultures, of course. I do not argue that one is superior to others. The danger is when we will , forcibly, replace our culture, ignoring it, with others from totally different tradition.
Seems that Cicero was quite wise when he stated that “to be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child” ( Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum )
Unfortunately the Latin culture and language is not anymore studied in our system.
Today’s politicians, in order to attract as many votes as possible from a new wave of migrants, against the will of majority, falsify our tradition and our traditional history. This is a danger about which Golda Meir said very wisely : “One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.”
Today’s politicians try to convince us that idea of “state” takes priority, which is a residue of socialist ideology, now well disguised, because as somebody defined long time ago, “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”
WHY I USED THE WORD COBBLER AS THE TITLE?
Because thinking about the today’s crass ignorance of public figures, including especially the politicians, I recall the Latin expression Sutor, ne ultra crepidam meaning literally “Shoemaker, not beyond the shoe”, used to warn people to avoid passing judgment beyond their expertise.
If you need more explanation, I will attach here what one can easily find on web.
Its origin is transmitted by Pliny the Elder, where he records that a shoemaker (sutor) had approached the painter Apelles of Kos to point out a defect in the artist’s rendition of a sandal (crepida from Greek krepis), which Apelles duly corrected. Encouraged by this, the shoemaker then began to enlarge on other defects he considered present in the painting, at which point Apelles advised him that ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret (a shoemaker should not judge beyond the shoe), which advice, Pliny observed, had become a proverbial saying.
A related English proverb which I mentioned at the beginning is “A cobbler should stick to his last” (a last being the wooden pattern used to mould the shoe)
Ultracrepidarianism is the habit of giving opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge. That is to say, critics should only comment on things they know something about. The saying remains popular in several languages, as in the English, in Spanish, “Zapatero a tus zapatos”, the Dutch, “Schoenmaker, blijf bij je leest”, and the German, “Schuster, bleib bei deinen Leisten” .
Unfortunately we are flooded with ultracrepidarianism.
To conclude I have to underline the danger presented by our public figures , with a great influence towards the new generations superficially educated, and by the new “cast” named “politicians” which elevated the willful ignorance to the rank of the virtue.
These new casts and new strange professions are repeating ad nauseam the basic mistake of that poor cobbler , expressing opinions about subjects which are not of their competency and calling.
The final result will be a disaster.