You know… I just watched “shattered” on Amazon so this speaks to me, a quote was something like “you think you got all this money just because you are smart? Look down there, theres millions of people just as smart as you… looking up at you while you look down on them”.
It really spoke to me, like maybe as much as people convince themselves there should be different classes, some people who have more than others maybe its a sick system.
I wouldnt mind if for a year, maybe 2 years from 18-20 people were paid to just explore and figure out who they want to be. I think that would make for a more fairer society. I dont think it should be for life though
When I was a kid, I wasn't "cool". But even then, I thought the whole system of "coolness"/"popularity"/the "in" crowd and "out" crowd, whatever you want to call it, seemed like a big scam that the "cool kids" were pulling on the rest of us.
I always thought, why should I buy into this? What's in it for me, to believe in it? The answer was, nothing.
I kind of (it makes a little more sense than just popularity) think money is the same way (incidentally, it was one of they key ways to be "cool", along with physical strength for the guys, and looks for the girls). Sure the system is good...for the people who just so happen to be good at, and interested in, the things that the system values the most.
I think the people on top, convince the rest of us that there should be different classes. And most people go along with it - usually as long as they aren't at the bottom-most class though. It works because it's an appeal to ego, but it only
works as long as the people you're appealing to, can believe they're better than someone.
I just kind of think that, for the math/science people, yes, they're absolutely necessary, and it's good that they have something that they like doing. But to say that you can't have a good standard of living because you're not good at math and science is kind of...well, why should everyone have
to be in it, or else get punished, basically? Aren't the people that are in it, in it because they want to be? And shouldn't that be good enough?
I think your plan of having a year or two to explore and figure out who you are, is a good plan.
And if it's done right, it wouldn't have to be for life, either.
Ideally you'd be able to do enough research, try enough skills, and get to know yourself, to find yourself and what's important to you, what you want to be and what you want out of life.
I just don't know what two years would be best. A lot of people aren't that mature at 18-20, heaven knows I wasn't. And sometimes people change over time, your interests and values change over time.
I know I did -
when I was a kid I was totally on board with being good at math, going into business, and getting possessions.
Then when I was a teenager and 20s, I was kind of a punk idealist. Work and offices = bad.
Now, I'm somewhere in between - I'm still an idealist but I know we don't live in an ideal world, and recognize that the Star Trek-like future isn't going to happen overnight and I don't want to miss my life waiting for it.
Sorry if I rambled!