On of the things that causes me no end of amusement and heartburn is how the aspiration to act and be seen as acting "professionally" is seen as such a high value, I daresay, by immigrants, especially middle class Third Worlders. Not the first time, someone suggested, yesterday, that a community organization we're trying to get off the ground exhibit a bit more "professionalim". My response was as follows:
I am sorry, what? This is not a professional body. If you had said "sober, civilized, organized, or even vulcanized..." I would have been with you. But professional? This is a community organization, not a for-profit corporation.
I am sorry, but the totemization of "professionalism" is a pet peeve of mine. If we can't all act like civilized people, no amount trying to act like we are some ultra-loyal serfs of some corporation is going to make us more of a credit to humanity or our various communities.
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