But let’s just remember that, as the 53%, I am working SO HARD while those blue collar/poor people work lazy jobs like shoveling, melding, and standing all day at a cash register. But because you got a degree, for which you spent a substantial amount of money on, you get the luxury of a safer, more comfortable office job.
See the reason some people are upset right now is that they feel they were tricked and coerced into taking on a horrible investment - preyed on like crooks prey on the elderly. We’re not just talking houses, but education as well. It used to be that you could work hard a few years and invest a lump sum of money (if you were lucky enough to have it) into a degree so that after that sentence, you could get a more comfortable job. A job where you could sit, indoors, with a computer or other boredom killers. And it used to be that those jobs paid more to cover the cost of that education. That made it a worthwhile investment. But the system has fallen apart because education prices have sky-rocketed since our parents went to school, yet our salaries have stayed at relatively the same stagnant level. We were bred on the mantra, you must get a degree to get a job these days. So we did. And we were told to go to a good school. We had rankings and schools gave out statistics on their 95% post-graduate employment rate within six months. But who the F**K has $15-50,000 PER YEAR just sitting around? So basically we were told, if you want to succeed in life you will take this loan. It all sounded like a must take deal.
Oh, no more jobs? Salary hasn’t risen? Too bad, so sad. You should have known better at 18 years old. You shouldn’t have listened to ALL these professional adults, including your parents. So stop being a whiny brat and get a job. WTF? What rock have you been living under? And to all the people complacent in their austerity - your life is unfair. You shouldn’t have to sweat and stress as hard or harder than another person and live in squalor (or if you’re lucky, relative comfort but one accident or sickness away from squalor), whilst they live in luxury of services, medical care, technologies, educations, experiences YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ACCESS TO. This isn’t about complaining or being whiny. This is about justice and fairness. This isn’t even about taxing. This is about the whole system. How much we pay our workers and charge for education. That would be the “trickle down” we should have seen from the bail-outs. Instead that money disappeared into the bonuses of bankers.
Do people really not see the problem? Without education we won’t see the sorts of progresses we would like to see under capitalism. Because people WILL start to decide against education if, when they look around, they begin to see that education is a bad investment.
THIS is the problem, on a totally mathematical, economic, logical level - not on a bleeding-heart liberal level.
A Reminder to Have Hope
Some of you may be at the precipice - a realization that life does NOT have to be that of our parents or in line with the ideals our parents had. We can exist under an entirely new paradigm. It sounds like an enormous challenge, but why not? We certainly wouldn’t be the first generation to change our social paradigm. Look at history, look how culture grew and changed over time. Each society has had it’s focuses - philosophy and thought, conquer and explore, invent and innovate, entertain and sensualize. We change all the time! In small ways from decade to decade, in large ways from Dark Ages to Renaissance to Technology Age. Why can’t we be a new design?
We have something incredibly special. We have the internet and a way to discuss and communicate and empathize worldwide that no other culture has ever had before. We are developing new ideals, new needs as a result. We are more socialized and harmonized, which goes totally against the ultra individualistic, self serving ideals of to each their own, now fight freely for a piece of the pie, the strongest will win, good luck losers mantra of today. Especially when those “losers” include liberal arts thinkers, brilliant sensualists, creative beyond belief innovators. Geniuses of their own right. Huge social contributors. And many of us create to share, not to profit.
The Internet has proven this. We make things to make people laugh or learn or be amazed. Because the beauty of the internet is that we can, as special and unique as we each are, find a community amongst those who are more similar to ourselves - something we’ve never had the luxury of before in the history of our species. And because we have this ability to find like-minded people, we have an audience and camaraderie. We have similar interests and so our creations are met with applause. We write for the readers. We code for the people. We develop and build and film so many extraordinary things. And for what? For FREE. Why?? Because there are people who appreciate it and for some reason, that sufficiently feeds our human need for acceptance, honor, pride, acclaim, etc. without the need for the past needed riches.
But we’re still stuck in this old system, where money means everything. Where the ideal way to be is a rich white douche who has embroidered shirts and 50 different cuff links (that certainly isn’t MY fucking dream). We live in a society where being able to BUY and CONSUME means more than CREATING and SUSTAINING.
So we have menial jobs to make it by and we come alive when we are finally free to pursue our interests and we build and create. So I suppose I don’t know why I keep hearing that capitalism is so great because it brings us innovation. You don’t have innovations without creations and creativity. Such things are actually stifled in this paradigm, where half the art is cutting as many corners as possible while still sucking as much out of the people as possible. Artistic abilities are scoffed at or capitalized upon and co-opted by entertainment INDUSTRY, repackaged and sold to the mass public as brain rot.
The current system does not support the growing minds of these new generations. I used to think, but how could the world change so much during MY lifetime, what are the chances? But what are the chances internet would be invented connecting the whole world instantly. We have mobile phones with cameras and instant twitter feeds, things cannot stay hidden. This is a different world and one that must be more harmonious and socialized. We are the most stimulated humans of all time. The amount of information we have been charged with, the free and easy ability to learn and self-educate (and for free on the internet, often created and compiled for free). We have the ability for so much enlightenment and awareness and growth as a species.
We don’t have to feel so overwhelmed or like it is an impossible feat. We’ve been gifted with unbelievable experience and knowledge. We are a world of free explorers - in five clicks you can see pictures, videos, -pedias, and talk to people from almost anywhere in the world.
Change can be okay. Change does not have to be terrifying. Look over the human history, most change has been for the better and that was hasn’t be, lessons can be learnt, because again, we have unfathomable access to the histories of the world and others’ mistakes.
We are an extraordinarily young country. America used to stand for something and was an example of progress. Something to really be patriotic about. But we’re no longer the example. Why is that? Because the plot was lost. We have the ability to make America an example to follow again. And not in a condescending, belittling, and domineering way, but through the peaceful osmosis of enlightenment and education.
It IS POSSIBLE. TOGETHER WE DO HAVE THE POWER. LET’S OCCUPY OUR COUNTRY!
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