“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless — keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”—Elizabeth Warren (via youmightfindyourself)
You’re precious. Forgive yourself for allowing people, including yourself, to treat you as less or for treating anyone else as less than, and move on, someone will know and all will manifest in divine time.
“You are so young, you have not even begun, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that is unsolved in your heart and to try to cherish the questions themselves, like closed rooms and like books written in a very strange tongue. Do not search now for the answers which cannot be given you because you could not live them. It is a matter of living everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, one distant day live right into the answer.”—R. M. Rilke (via black-wolves)
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“Young Americans don’t go to college to avoid work. They work hard in college so they have a shot at earning a modestly rewarding living. Unfortunately for these young aspirants, they’re slogging toward a labor market that older generations of Americans have sullied. Rather than insulting college students by suggesting that they don’t know what hard work is, older Americans might instead consider apologizing for the pathetic employment market staring down graduates in this country.”—
I agree with that last sentiment. BOOM. I got even MORE education on top of my bachelors, trying to get a descent job… and out of the bad part of town, and the really meager circumstances I grew up in, and I feel like… I’m almost NOT better off. The opportunities have dried up. I kept my part of the deal, I feel. I worked hard, I got educated. I worked while I was going to school. I did independent studies, I did internships… I did all those things that are supposed to give you an edge when applying for jobs, etc. And I’ve been struggling to find permanent, full-time employment since I got out of school. FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO.
I’ve been lucky enough to find full time employment, but nothing that I couldn’t have gotten before college. Mostly my degree has helped me beat out people with only a high school diploma. Fortunately, my loan debt is low because of military service, but now I’m going back to grad school because a BA has become the equivalent of a high school diploma.
“I am 25 years old now, and shacking up in my parents’ guest bedroom,” he told me. “I have successfully made four payments on my student loans in the past three and a half years. I have over $48,000 dollars of student loan debt, and absolutely nothing to show for it. No degrees. No certificates. No qualifications. I have continued my education to the best of my ability since leaving A&M, but always at community colleges and always paying for everything out of pocket. As you can imagine, since I’m not ‘qualified’ for a decent paying job, my savings for school piles up very slowly, and then disappears when August and January roll around. I haven’t been back to school in about a year now, and I currently work at Subway, making sandwiches. I don’t make my loan payments.”
He’s about to join the military because he sees it as his only option. “I am depressed at the idea of signing my life away for four years so I can fight someone else’s wars. I am angry beyond belief that it’s come to this,” he said.
Yeah, ya see, when people ask me what my “goals” are and expect them to be college “worthy” I just tend to blow them off and laugh in their face. There is only a slight chance that you may use your certificates and such and get somewhere with them, but the main reason for you paying out of your ass for an “education” which really isn’t education at all(real knowledge is free and such) is to become a part of the beloved debt system. I’m sorry, I do not see this as an action which needs to signify anything. Usually, and especially these days, if your “education” is going to take you anywhere, it’s because you have a great deal of privilege(white, cis…etc). I find systems and societies as such to be a huge problem and why the world is failing and not only failing, but failing us. Not to mention, what are you really “learning”? Truth? History? Facts? How to help the world? Or what is deemed the correct “knowledge” to be learned of and for your use in and by the dominant class system. How could we pretend it’s worth anything. It is sad and pathetic.
I would go as far as to say, that mental un-wellness could be seen as a “normal” response to living in an unjust society that often sends us self-hating messages all the time; that we are not slim and toned enough, not beautiful enough; that all our self worth is based on what job we have, how much we earn, whether we are “proper” men and women; that we have to buy stuff to prove to ourselves we are “free to choose”; that our person hood and self-worth can be reduced to a monetary figure; that there are no sentient beings except humans; that destruction of the earth, inequality, oppression, destitution is inevitable, necessary even for some people so we can have our standard of living that is constantly under threat from terrorists and foreigners who threaten the “fragile economy”.
I would venture that feeling anxious, deep sadness and anger, are “normal” responses to separation from self-sustaining connected living; being told to forget what happened to our ancestors, or that it never really happened, or it wasn’t that bad; having amnesia about how our ancestors got here and what they did to remain here and live well. Normal and expected responses to ignoring the exploitation that goes into the many many essential things we buy; to living with and or perpetuating or remaining silent and ambivalent about homophobia, racism, transphobia, exploitation, body hatred and discrimination. Expected responses to living in a white-centric, male dominated, hetero-centric, body policing, polluting, profit obsessed, environment destroying, spiritually bereft colonised nation hell bent on forgetting its shameful past.
I would suggest that mental, emotional, spiritual un-wellness could be a “normal” and expected, even “healthy” unrepressed response to living with consciousness and awareness in our psychotic society.
We are made unwell by living within an unhealthy society. That is “normal” and expected I think.
“Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt they can’t afford the time to think. Tuition fee increases are a “disciplinary technique,” and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the “disciplinarian culture.” This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.”—Noam Chomsky (via quiettemperament)