Those Who Can, Were Taught

Those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach

– George Bernard Shaw

This might be one of the most insanely ignorant quotes of our time. Like humans are just born able to “do” things? Who was born able to “do” engineering or astrophysics? Or ballet? Or software design? Seriously. As a father of four little humans, I assure you that babies aren’t born able to do jack squat. They sleep, eat, and poop. That’s it. They need to be taught literally everything else. Stop the ignorance, all. We all had and still have teachers. Those who “can”, were TAUGHT. Taught to talk. To read. To write. To sing. To get along with others. To use their hands and feet. To bathe and brush. To use a phone and a computer. To spell and add. And yes, to compute complex algorithms, write sophisticated narratives, build masterful structures, and raise little humans up to their potential. “Those who can’t, teach” is dishonoring to all those whose blood, sweat, and tears went into making us who we are. And not just us but millions of other people, too. End the ignorance, friends. Stop perpetuating such nonsense.


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