People are generally very keen to appreciate and respect certifications and licensures but consider this: who certified the certifying body? Under what authority does one become an authority? When certifying body stands to profit (even if it is legally a non-profit) from certifying people is this not a conflict of interest? Can one’s knowledge and experience not stand for itself without the restriction of a self proclaimed body of authority? Do we not trust ourselves to interview and decide who is and who isn’t qualified to suit our needs? Those in authority derive their power from the people they claim to serve. What would happen if we no longer give this power to them? What would happen if we think for ourselves? What would happen if we were free to practice our skills and talents without constraint and what if we could seek out people to match our needs using our own judgement and intuition? What would happen if we all stopped jumping through hoops and stopped paying these authorities? Would we barter more? Would we become better practitioners of our crafts? Would we become a stronger human family?
Many people who have changed the world were discredited by their contemporaries at least at some point in their lives. The authorities did not certify them and yet they were brilliant minds that left a lasting impact on humanity and on the planet! Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Gregor Mendel, Albert Einstein, and Vincent Van Gogh just to name a few. The fact that their brilliance and worth was not recognized by authorities did not negate their value.
Just a little something to think about.