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Are U Edjamacated?

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People are and have always been ambitious.  Traditionally, people have gotten a basic education at whatever school for which they happened to be zoned.  Wealthier people often sent their children to a private school of their choice.  The good news for Americans is that all children here are entitled to a free education through their senior year of high school.  The bad news is that there are fewer teachers, due to a fastly failing economy.  Multiple layoffs in various business sectors, including schools, have felt and endured the crunch.

In spite of the country’s financial woes, colleges and universities still seem to make a good profit, and all of this while an overwhelming number of college graduates (including myself!) are unemployed.  People still believe the lie:  If you want to amount to anything in life, you had better graduate college.  

My bachelor of the sciences degree has only gotten me the best-paying job I’ve ever had in my life!  The big problem was that I was placed in a position where I made almost as much money as my boss.  It got really sticky when he found out about it.  He resented me for having come into his store making almost the same amount of pay that he made.  And the employees resented me for taking the job that — in their eyes — should have been theirs.  I gave upper management the opportunity to set my boss straight, but I only got labeled as a whiner instead.  This clearly showed me that educational degrees only work when everyone in the company truly respects those who earned it.

So this only leads me to ask:  What in the hell is all the hoopla about?  The race to become successful in life leads many people to believe empty promises by those who want nothing more than your money.  They don’t care that you will be paying off a school loan for longer than it took you to earn the damned degree in the first place.  I would just LOVE to see the results of a study where every degreed individual in the entire United States was considered a total success or a total failure in life.  My guess is that most aren’t successful.  Colleges want your money so bad that they mark text books up to more than double of what it took to print them!  Just ask any college student.

But this is America, land of the bankrupt!…where everyone is encouraged to live and spend irresponsibly.  Please forgive me if I sound unpatriotic and / or cynical.  I only call it the way I see it.  This rat race is ruining us and widening the divide between the classes.  Whatever happened to humanity?

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It’s a Mad World!

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If you had told someone 30 years ago that we would be carrying wireless phones which boast the capability of taking pictures, allow paying bills, permit shopping, allow playing video games, act as a flashlight, allow you to read electronic books, allow listening to music, allow watching of videos, allow the receiving of electronic messages, and offer free long-distance, they would have looked at you crazy and asked you how much doobage you had been smoking!

Today’s technology, on the surface, looks like a wonderful, amazing, and wonderfully amazing thing!  But is it really that good for us?  After all, many people feel as though it makes us lazy and complacent.  Now people are able to shop online with their phones and personal computers.  That does save gasoline and wear and tear on your shoes.  But the downside is that you deprive yourself of healthy exercise.  And you also have to be patient and wait for your product to arrive and hope it arrives in top condition.  In some cases, you have to pay for that shipping.  So, sure!  It’s definitely convenient.  But is it really worth the cost of our health, overall condition of your new product, and the labor used to deliver it?  To some, perhaps.  But to others, definitely not!

Technology is not the only thing muddling up our now complicated lives.  United States tax laws are more unfair than ever before, allowing the rich to stay rich while keeping everyone else in the struggling classes.  Tax laws  are more complicated than Chinese arithmetic!  Our justice system is shot to hell and needs to be put down like a rabid animal.  Nowadays, we have the best justice system that money can buy.  You used to be able to retire at the age of 65.  But because people are living longer (lifespan now is 80-years old where it used to be 70), people are having to work longer.  Sometimes it makes me wonder if I really should be thankful for the advancements in medicine.

Things used to be so much simpler when the cost of living was not higher than people’s salaries.  One spouse used to be able to stay home and handle household duties and supervising the children until the other — the primary breadwinner — got home from work.  Now it takes dual income in order to live even the slightest bit comfortably.  And because parents today are not able to spend as much time with children, many children get involved with friends who aren’t the most savory to parents.  Thus they sometimes end up being criminals at a young age.

Do we really want our youth here in America to earn the criminal label before they become adults?  It doesn’t help that teachers are now so knee-deep in paperwork requirements that they barely have time to grade their papers, much less spending one-on-one time with each pupil or student.

Add to this the fact that most companies are under the gun in meeting financial goals that they now only care more about a person’s production than they do their livelihood.  Thus, many employees get unfairly fired and have to find ways to support their families.  It is no wonder that some of them end up robbing banks, snatching purses, and dealing drugs in order to feed their family.  I remember when you could work somewhere and the boss really showed how much he cared for his workers, and it was mostly genuine and not just a put-on.

Finally, debt has become an American staple in modern life.  Our government serves as the perfect example of inept spending quite possibly exceeding other countries in this area.  And most American adults are now in debt.  Many more nowadays are filing bankruptcy due to this spend what you don’t have American culture.  Credit card and loan companies get away with tempting people into situations in which they do not need to be.  And on top of this misdeed, they are allowed to charge exorbitant fees.

So technology — however good and impressive it is — still does not forgive the fact that life is now more complicated than it really needs to be.  Whatever happened to humanity and compassion in day-by-day society.  I truly believe it has gone extinct.