I started thinking about this when I was writing [[http://floatingsun.net/blog/2005/07/21/on-hypocrisy/|about hypocrisy]] — there was other point in [[http://nakulmandan.blogspot.com/2005/07/hypocrisy-is-it-just-indians.html|Nakul's post]] that I hadn’t touched upon. He was talking about respect given to teachers, which got me thinking — are all professions equal (in terms of the respect they command and so on)
Of course, I should clarify that I’m just talking about personal opinions here. There’s no objective way to quantify how worthy a particular profession is. But in my mind, no matter how hard I try, there does exist a certain bias towards some professions.
Note that respecting a profession is not the same as respecting a person. For instance, I would always give equal respect to any honest hard-working person, irrespective of the profession he/she is in.
But when it comes to professions, for me social service, teaching, health care are some professions that command more respect than others (such as software developer, project manager etc)