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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Society encourages dependence

We pride ourselves on being independent.  But are we really?  Sometimes as I'm out enjoying the day it seems that people have a veil over their eyes on how this world really works.  I'm not big into conspiracy theories, but I do notice the structure of society.  None of us have a choice where we're born.  We're all just doing the best we can reacting to the situation we are born into.  I see most human beings though, including myself, dependent on three entities throughout life:  employers, government, and schools.

Employers very well could be the biggest of the three.  Our education system, social service help, parents, friends, and family almost exclusively pressure us to fit into the employment system.  What is an employment system?  I'm glad you asked.  It's the situation where you need an employer to pay you the money you need for survival.  Some people call it wage slavery.  The problem is the number of jobs is dwindling steadily year by year, and we're now competing with nations that pay their people a pittance.  It's a race to the bottom.  By the way, employers are extremely picky these days because they know people are desperate.  The hoops they set up to get a job are more numerous than they've ever been.  What if despite your best efforts you just can't become employed?  Not a good situation to be in.  While you have a job pare down your expenses and save your money.

Government is becoming more and more of our provider either through jobs or benefits.  We need a bigger private job market.  I'm going to say this is not a good situation.  When government increases freedom decreases.  Why not aim to be dependent on the government the least amount possible.  I'm not saying it's easy.  For example it's ridiculous how much food stamp enrollment has increased in the last couple of years.  It's the modern version of the bread line.  And remember what the government gives it can take away.  Also when you take a benefit from the government they make the rules which restricts your individual freedom.

Schools encourage obedience and conformity.  I believe in education.  I think we should learn to think for ourselves.  I'm just not sure that's what happens when you're in school, be it college or K-12.  Concerning college and universities I think it's one of the most overrated and overpriced products there is out there.  Very few seem to see it though.  College for all!  Dumb!  Student loan debt is reaching epic proportions.  It seems we are producing a new generation of indentured servants who will have to take whatever job they can get.  Before going to college seriously consider exactly what you want to do with your life.  It might not require a four year degree.  And consider even more seriously taking out student loans.

In conclusion jobs, government, and education are three things we depend on and don't question much.  I'm not saying it's easy to be independent in life.  It's not easy by a long shot.  We're fighting some very established and powerful forces.  And really none of us are ever truly independent.  We all depend on society and others to get our needs met.  All I'm saying is it's a worthwhile goal to be as free as you can.

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