The Browser features this great list of Things I Learned As A Cop That Most People Don’t Get. Including:
One of the things my upbringing did not prepare me for was the complete lack of civility that some people have. I didn’t think of myself as having been sheltered from evil as a child, but I did not learn that some people have absolutely no regard for the welfare of anyone but themselves, and lash out at anyone who tries to make them aware they are not the only people on the planet.
Readers, are there things from your particular line of work or vocation that people outside the profession don’t know, or don’t appreciate as they should? Let’s make a list.
To get us started, here’s one from my experience in journalism:
1. Outsiders are generally right about media bias, but don’t understand how it works. Most professional reporters don’t want to be unfair, but newsroom culture is so uniformly liberal, especially on cultural issues, that they don’t grasp how isolated they are from the viewpoints of others, and how blind that isolation makes them to their own bias. Similarly, it’s not that media tells you what to believe, but rather it sets the boundaries for what is acceptable to believe by setting the boundaries for the public discussion.