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Argument from authority

So I was at work, when one of the staff doctors came into the unit to ask about a patient. Now, the rule in the hospital is that masks are required at all times. That rule is really only obeyed in the patient areas of the hospital, and everyone in our work center was maskless. Except this doctor.

He came in wearing TWO masks (which no one in the entire hospital really does). He approaches me and asks, “Do you have a mask?”

As I am putting it on, I told him, “Just so you know, I am fully vaccinated.”

He begins chewing me out in front of my subordinates, tells me that he is a virologist, and being vaccinated doesn’t matter, yada yada. Now, I am open to new information, and I really wanted to know why the vaccine didn’t work to prevent transmission, but I also knew that he would take any inquiry as an argument. Arguing with a doctor while standing in the hospital where you are employed is the fast track to getting fired even if you are right and the doctor is wrong, and knowing that the easiest way to disarm someone trying to argue with you is to agree with them, I replied with: “Really? I wasn’t aware of that. Thanks for letting me know. I really thought the vaccine was the solution.”

Mollified, the doctor left after presenting his argumentum ab auctoritate. As soon as he left, I looked up his license and his CV. It turns out that none of his education involved any more virology than any other med school students, and his medical school education was 12 years old. Not only that, his specialty is interventional cardiology. It wasn’t enough to make him feel important that he is a surgeon- he has to lie to make himself feel more impressive.

He lied in order to present himself as an authority on a subject that he didn’t really know a lot about. I was in medical school more recently than he was, and my classes on infectious disease was more current than his. Now that I know him to be a liar, I will struggle to believe him if he even tries to give me the correct time. Asshat.

My subordinates told me that he routinely abuses the staff- especially the males. He seems to enjoy using his power in the hospital to embarrass and belittle the staff, who have to take it if they want to keep their jobs. He is largely disliked throughout the hospital by the nurses, techs, and other medical personnel.

He is just an over educated blowhard that was probably bullied as a kid, and is now taking it out on everyone.

7 replies on “Argument from authority”

DM, you made a key point at the end of your essay: “was probably bullied as a kid and is now taking it out on everyone.” Look around at our “leaders” or people in positions of authority. What do you see? 90% of them are the same socially awkward, strange, introverted, or sheltered kids that we knew in high school. In fact, in 2015 Psychology Today detailed how those years, and the experiences from them, are entirely responsible for who we become as adults.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-ooze/201507/why-high-school-stays-you-forever-it-or-not

With very few exceptions, local, state, and federal governments, big tech companies, the DMV, your hospital, or anywhere that power can be wielded against a population of average working people, you will find that guy or girl that is still pissed off because they didn’t get invited to the dance in 10th grade and now the world must pay.

I dropped out of a course at John’s Hopkins leading cert as an RT because of…doctors. I loved the patients, staff, instructors- everything about it – except doctors. Expletives omitted.

I am sure you are aware that a cardiologist is one of the most arrogant mfers on the planet, just under politicians.

“ He begins chewing me out in front of my subordinates,”

Your a good man.
I would have knocked his teeth out. Amd boot stomped his face.
Betcha he never would do that shit again.

You wanna talk to me and critisize me, cool.
I aint perfect, faaaaaaar from it.

But as i said….i aint no…..

I aint no ones nigger

Yes your a better man than I am. I like smart doctors they don’t need to tell you about their credentials. There always is that one doctor who graduated last in his class and 50 percent are mediocre or worse at best.

The various injections are not a “vaccine”, in the same way inmates of Guantanamo prison are not “guilty”. Neither has been through the appropriate due process to prove that conclusion.

The various injections each have a different medical method of acting, they are not different manufacturing of the same generic medicine. It is invalid to lump them together, just like we don’t say “the antibiotic” or “the painkiller”.

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