We need to talk together – experts can talk very convincing, but sometimes it is worth remembering that the more expert, the more narrow perspective
Knowledge and predictions
Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt
Experts are often chosen for interviews and as sources not only based on how much they know, but also based on how confident they are in themselves. Journalists prefer simple and clear one-liners about the future, about climate change, biodiversity, about children’s use of smartphones or any other subject
Economists knows a lot that can be put in a spreadsheet, but not so much about what it feels like to have PTSD because your house was suddenly flooded. Climate experts knows their CO2 increases, but often have no idea what children in the 3rd grade should be spared to know, in order not to sit climate-anxious at home without daring to look even a day into the future.
Lawyers know their code of laws, and neighbors know when the old lady opposite no longer mows her lawn, but none of us know it all.
That is why it is so important that we continue to listen to each other and not close ourselves in so-me bubbles of like-minded people. The solutions required in the coming years are not expert solutions, but something else.
Today it seems that our ability to meet and debate, to listen is getting smaller and smaller, as our phones overshadow our lives more and more.
The challenges around well-being, climate change, nature and community that are growing around us can only be solved together, the question is whether we can still find a common point of view, not despite, but because of our differences?
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