The following are semi-organized fragments of thought on education and the often indulged -and often illussory – notions of intelligence, liberation, and less-than reliable or clear understanding of elitism that seems to accompany the kind of college education people seem to like glorifying. I forget when I wrote this; some of it isn’t necessarily up to date with my current views, and I’m sure it lacks the words “generally speaking”, which I could’ve inserted here and there, but I don’t really care. It’s more or less true to what I have to say on the subject.
“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”
~Omar N. Bradley
I think ‘education’ actually makes people easier to manipulate and enslave. It seems to instill stupid people with the notion that they aren’t, in fact, fucking morons with zero common sense. You get know-it-alls, pseudo-intellectuals, and career academics that can’t figure out how to use a screwdriver or wrench. And of course they can afford not to know such practical things because a lot of them make enough money to comfortably (or uncomfortably) pay for someone else to do it. I should know, I make a living off of people like this for the most part.
You see, modern education doesn’t necessitate thinking. There are certainly people that go through years of schooling and do indeed think about things as they go, doing their best and genuinely learning, but they’ll always be fewer and farther between than people that don’t put any effort into their life, much less thought or passion. That, plus I’m not sure you can really teach common sense.
In my experience a college degree, and the widespread push for (and pursuit of) ‘higher education’, is just a nice way to pretend otherwise. The most it really indicates, in and of itself, is that, in having done what they had to in order to earn that degree, they’ve probably developed a decent work ethic. But that’s about all, and even a good work ethic isn’t really proven by possession of credentials. It’s more likely, but far from a sure thing. And it damn sure doesn’t garauntee a job or career, let alone a well-paying one. At least not these days.
From what I’ve seen personally and with friends, most people will try to guilt others into becoming more educated via things like college, whether because they’re swept up in the societal encouragement of it or they feel like they’re giving you good advice, they’ll try to talk sense into you if it’s not something you’re interested in, and they’ll encourage and praise you if you tell them you’re going to (or already in) college.
Here’s the way I look at it in terms of how one might look at ‘higher education’ for oneself. If what you want to do with your life doesn’t require a college education, then fuck college. If it does, then it might be worth getting ones proverbial ass in gear, do what you have to, exploit some of the taxpayer money offered to people for it or get a loan and a job to start paying for it, and go study whatever field will get you the career you want.
Conversely, if someone thinks they’re better than you because they went to college, then they’re either right – in that you’re not acting on your ambitions or dreams, and they are – or they can go fuck themselves. A degree in and of itself, ultimately, doesn’t amount to jack shit. These days it doesn’t even guarantee a job, let alone a high paying one or one that you’re passionate about. Don’t kid yourself on that count. Go get your education if it’s a step towards what you want to do with your life, and don’t waste your time with it if it isn’t.
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”