What’s in a name…, or a title? Let’s take a look.
In the last few hundred years, the titles of “Professor” and “Doctor” have been hijacked by various professional organizations and educational systems that require we submit our “pound of flesh,” along with a generous amount of money, so that they may deem us worthy of the title that they have appointed only themselves worthy to bequeath upon us.
It’s a good gig if you can get it!
Merriam-Webster defines a professor as:
1: one that professes, avows, or declares
2a: a faculty member of the highest academic rank at an institution of higher education
2b: a teacher at a university, college, or sometimes secondary school
2c: one that teaches or professes special knowledge of an art, sport, or occupation requiring skill
Merriam-Webster defines a doctor as:
1a: in Christianity: an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church, called also doctor of the church
1b: a learned or authoritative teacher
1c: a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (such as a PhD) conferred by a university ·Most of the college’s faculty members are doctors in their fields.
1d: a person awarded an honorary doctorate (such as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university
2a: a person skilled or specializing in healing arts; especially: one (such as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice ·See your doctor if the condition worsens.
2b: medicine man
3a: material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect
3b: a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface
4: a person who restores, repairs, or fine-tunes things
Based on the definitions here, I feel completely comfortable affording myself the title of Professor, and even the title of Doctor. Hey…, I didn’t write these definitions, I’m just going by them!
The Ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, was one of the earliest recorded “professors.”
The term “professor” was first used in the late 14th century (1300’s). The word comes from the “old French” word “professeur” and directly from the Latin “professor,” for “person who professes to be an expert in some art or science; teacher of highest rank.” The Latin term came from “profiteri,” which means to lay claim to, or declare openly. As a title that is prefixed to a name, it dates back to 1706.
Beyond holding the proper “academic title,” universities in many countries also give notable artists, athletes and foreign dignitaries the title “honorary professor,” even if these persons do not have the “academic qualifications” typically necessary for professorship.
Hmmm. Like I said before, these words were hijacked by certain institutions, and now they think they own them. Most people have to pay dearly for these titles, but then some are given the titles as “gifts?” What then is the true “value” or “determination” of these institutionally given titles?
These institutions only have control of these titles if everyone else allows them to. I, for one, do not recognize their self-proclaimed authority and monopolization of these terms and titles. Therefore, I am free to claim any title I would like to for myself. In this case, I feel particularly justified in doing so.
If I am anything, I’m a “professor” of the truth. I profess truth, justice, conservative values, and protecting our “American” way of life.
p.s. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think!?