PhD is just an Achievement. It Doesn’t Make You a God

The secret of many a man’s success in the world resides in his insight into the moods of men and his tact in dealing with them.
~J. G. Holland~

Simple, but hard to do. I wonder why?

Of course you’d feel proud for obtaining the highest degree. There’s nothing wrong with feeling accomplished. But what makes it wrong is when you start looking down on people, or treating others not as “smart” as you are.


Maybe this attitude is shaped by the culture they’re in.

Having a PhD doesn’t make you the smartest person in the world. It doesn’t mean you can’t listen to the opinions that come from those without a PhD. They could be smarter – like way smarter. Perhaps they choose not to pursue the PhD just yet, or they don’t want to for some reasons.

Having a PhD doesn’t mean you can’t learn from those with lower qualifications. Anybody can be your teacher. That can be your students as well. I’ve encountered so many great students and I’m not ashamed to learn from them.

It saddens me to see these kind of scholars who think they are at the top of the world just because they have a PhD.

It annoys me when they think everybody should be as smart as them, and refuse to guide those in need.

And it pisses me the most when this kind of attitude is portrayed by a so-called teacher.

Oh, there’s also another kind of PhD holders that really get on my nerves. The kind where they’re just all talk and couldn’t prove their worth as scholars. They made you think – how on Earth did they get a PhD in the first place?

It doesn’t downgrade you an inch by just listening to what others have to say. After all, that’s how we learn and grow. Unless you really think that there’s nothing left for you to learn anymore since you’re already at the top )=

Of course, this isn’t the case for everybody but the fact that there are people like this leaves a bad taste in other people’s mouth.