The other day I found an interesting chap a course in miracles books and having a cup of coffee at Starbucks; we got into a conversation about the follies and challenges of various folks in Wall Street and in our political leadership, and he couldn’t say enough spiteful things about Republicans in Washington DC, and folks on Wall Street, claiming that it was they who were depriving folks of their chance to work for a living wage and become successful in life. Then he made a blanket statement that:
“Education is Power, It Is Opportunity.”
Well, I think I disagree completely. It’s not that knowledge is not necessary or that education is “a way” or one perceived way to get that knowledge, nor is it a reality that a solid education surely would help on a resume for certain types of employment positions, sure that’s true enough, at least in our present period, however, one could also say, well me specifically would say that:
“Higher Education and Student Loans, Lead to Economic Enslavement,” or that “Higher Education has Introduced so Much Political Correctness into Our Society that it has Essentially Hijacked the American Way of Life,” and look at the results today, right now. Is it good enough? Is this the best and “final answer” to an advanced and modern civilization? Student loans of $100,000 or more, and textbooks in excess of $250 per year for information you can get in lectures for free online, or from WikiPedia?
Further, I would submit to you that since employment application ratios to positions open is so very high, many employers are requiring more substantial education, not because they need it but to shorten the stack of resumes. This is causing an artificial demand for high education, and as we allow students to borrow money for higher education it is inflating the bubble, thus increasing costs – but to no avail, those with lots of education, will just have more debt in the future – therefore, forced to work to pay it back.
Next, and I can say this as an entrepreneur who left school to run my own company, it really appears to me that higher education in many regards merely causes linear thought and the ultimate obedience to the future employers, so is that really kind of like “dog training” and the overall domestication of humans in trade for a bone, or in this case higher salary?
And still, it comes with a dog collar and chain of student loan debt, with the taxpayer’s picking up the poop when those loans default or those dogs forget? Please consider all this and if I offended you, deal with it, you are a good puppy you can handle it.