Academics in a Bubble

I have a problem with Academics
that try to define the human condition
and decide what is best
for the majority of

What they study is theories
many theories over many years
statistics that are both pro and anti

But if one person
one in this humanity
they propose they understand or help

then that naysayer is a child
or a naïve fool

They have forgotten that a piece of paper
does not make them a teacher
or that it demands respect

They’ve forgotten what humanity looks like
unmasked and un-blurred
thronged in a shadowy crowd

It looks like me
and you
and the person
they used to be.