DO YOU KNOW THE GAME?
If you don’t know what game you are playing, how do you know the rules? If you don’t know the rules, you can’t protect yourself, or keep yourself from getting deeper into trouble. Sometimes, it can get you killed. Let’s start with college, a subject recently talked about again as the national personal debt for education went over one trillion dollars. Do you know the game you are playing? You think you are getting an education so you can get a good job, right? HA! You poor silly deluded sucker. You are merely playing in the kiddie pool next to the big ocean where you will never be admitted. The goal of higher Ed is to fleece you while selling you a fantasy. The goal of “highest” Ed is to sort the smart people, those with cognitive abilities who have been chosen to participate in the new services economy, into institutions whose goal is not to teach necessarily but to have been attended. If you doubt me, look at Obama and Bush and their college pedigree. Harvard and such churns out no smarter of a fellow than a blue collar schlub who devours non-fiction library books constantly. But it does say to prospective employers of the upper echelon that the student came from parents smart enough to have good enough jobs to pay for his tuition, he is smart enough to have studied and can apply himself. In reality, it is not much different than the Chinese mandarin civil servant corps. Just a different sorting process. All those other schools? Both used to train the second tier of brain jobs and to fleece the common man suckers who thought they were there for job training.
What game are you playing buying a house? An investment to save money from rent? Hahahaha! Stop it! I’m vomiting blood here, I’m laughing so hard! You sad little man, I weep for you. You think you are investing in a better school for your child? Can I have some of that good crack you seem to be smoking? In case you seem to have missed it, Americans have been separating themselves by class, and class in America is all about money. And money insulates from the problems of reality. Reality being, America is already a Third World nation OUTSIDE of the enclaves of those able to protect themselves. Last night I was watching PBS TV and there was a show on the lost explorers in Amazon looking for lost cities. Not too bad. Right after that was a special on Brazil ( cashing in on the World Cup- who would have thought pure communist programmers on our public stations would soil themselves with base capitalistic practices? ) which I started watching just because it was almost bedtime and there was nothing else on and I had little ambitions to change the channel ( just as power steering in cars makes it no easier for the infirm and mentally feeble to drive, the TV remote is still seen as an instrument of torture in which changing channels is still to this day a laborious chore ). It wasn’t bad, either, having a small segment devoted to an anti-drug lord police elite unit. Way cool. Their flag was the US Army crossed pistols of the MP’s with a skull superimposed. My point being, besides the tanned skin and incomprehensible babble of Portuguese, it looked a lot like any American city SWAT team gearing up to go shoot some innocent ghetto dweller at 3 AM. Make little mistake you live in a country poorer than Brazil.
Most of us buying an overpriced home, under the illusion of saving on rent ( when your property taxes are $6k a year, you are STILL, after thirty years of mortgage payments, paying rent on your dwelling ) or under the illusion of teaching our children better ( homeschooling by moderately intelligent parents is still going to trump public schools in the best neighborhoods- our K-12 schools are just a pre-sorter to the better colleges for “the right people” ), are in reality doing little more than indenturing ourselves for life for the unrealized privilege of acting as a middle class buffer zone for the upper classes against the true ghetto dwellers. Neighborhoods are tiered by economic success and if you are average, or below average because you are reading this, you can never truly be safe from the rabble, nor can you achieve highest ranking where the college your kids attend is a ticket of opportunity. Continued next article.
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Once again Jim you are spot on. College grads are a dime a dozen, most have never felt the handle of a lawn mower in their hands or anything else that required effort and being held accountable for doing a poor job.ReplyDelete
The last place I worked we had 5 people in "Customer Service" all 5 are college grads. Is it just me or was their education a huge waste of money for a minimum wage job where all your training is provided by the company, not a college.
Well, I'm sure they didn't mean to work there after college. Point taken of courseDelete
Why play games?
Can we all just get along?
Jim, are you moderating or not?Delete