I'm done with class for the next two days and had time to make a short post, or, "The System"

Our system is designed so that you need a really good education to not get taken advantage of and fucked over by its many pistons, cogs, and sharp-pointy things. Oh yes, I would argue that the system works, but only if you have a college education. And even that is not enough; unless you yourself as a student really branch out and take the classes at college that are going to help you understand how this society works, and not, say, the chemical engineering tract, you will be left in the dark, and eventually, fucked over by this system.

Furthermore, I would say that it's possible to get by with a high school education, or even less, but the curriculum taught at the public schools all around this country doesn't teach people how to exist on the only free education they'll get here. It only teaches them how to get to the next level (where they are also fucked upon completion of a degree), and even then, only the truly outstanding will get there. Public education sucks at preparing kids for college.

Education is partly about the novelty of learning something new, and partly about the necessity of it. If you aren't learning what you need to know to survive in this society and what want to know to make yourself happy, you're wasting your time. It takes much longer and is much more soul-damaging to change your own life to suit your education. You won't recognize yourself when you're finished.

3 comments:

Mathew said...

Three years ago I felt uncertain about my need for higher education. Now that I am a student that feeling doesn't matter anymore now that I am developing analytical thinking skills, and the ability to clearly expressive myself through speaking and writing so when I do do what ever ever it is I will do to make enough $$$ to be comfortable and not hate myself, I will enjoy it all so much more.

Noah said...

Mathew, I spent my entire life unhappily plodding along the track that I thought I was supposed to take. I didn't slow down and ask "WHY?", until two years ago, when I realized that I was seriously unhappy. A few months after that, I got really into school because I found a major I liked, and started doing a lot better. Last year, that major started to bore the hell out of me and I started getting less involved in it and taking classes that I thought would benefit me as a person, but not necessarily my transcript.

Now that I only have 6 classes left before I graduate, including the 5 I start on Tuesday, I'm starting to wonder why everyone is working so hard to become doctors and lawyers and engineers, and whether or not they really have a passion for such professions.

I think that some do, but I think the primary motivation of the majority of the people in college pursuing lofty jobs is to make a lot of money so that they can afford all of the things life has to offer.

I think that a lot of those things are useless, and that the satisfaction gained from such things is fleeting at best.

What's the cost of living like in Alaska?

Mathew said...

Most of the time, I wonder why people are working so hard at all.

In the room where my polisci class is taught there are always these huge historical maps of the united states and the Mediterranean. I am constantly distracted by these maps and spend more time day dreaming about floating across the blacksea on a raft than I do listening to lectures. Today, while a video about Emmit Till played in the background, I thought seriously about whether learning this stuff will help someway live out any of these fantasies. I suppose that is happiness for me, within my restrictive youthful perspective anyway.

Of course it will! But I aint gon' be no statesmen.

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