Not so sure I would consider myself a victim… I have choices to make and I choose to question “why” when folks as “you should”. If the answer is bunk, I call it so and ignore them. Then folks said “you need to go to college and do exactly what we say” I asked “why”. The bunk that was provided as an answer has been proven wrong. I didn’t conform. But not I am not allowed to “play” in their sandbox of information.
As an example, I have been asked to get a specific certification for work. It is offered through only one university and the company has a “deal” with them to its employees. I go to enroll and am told “you don’t have a BS degree which is required to take this class”. Now the other folks that are signing up have never worked in the field, and most of them have yet to actually hold a job that is more than stocking shelves or delivering pizza. The company calls the uni and tries to explain that my application is part of the “deal” and to let me in. The response, as a quote from the admissions folks was … ready … “No”.
So here I am, 15 years of field experience, one who has mentored students at the uni (co-op), with an employer willing to pay to get me into a class, and the keepers refuse. Turns out could have taught the class (one of my employees went) and the company dropped the requirement for me. What purpose did their refusal serve? We had money to pay. near as I can tell, I was not one of the “lemmings”.
That last one is what frightens me with the educational mantra. Innovation, discovery, exploration are not on the path that is trodden by the masses. The great minds veered of into the side streams and backwaters to find those nuggets of priceless information. Yes, you have to learn the basics, but we are not “teaching” folks to think, but to be lemmings. The number of times the co-op or intern says “the professor said that XXX never happens” boggles my mind. I see this mind set all around me. The kid at the checkout who hits the same button over and over expecting a different result, the doctor who won’t consider alternate solutions (such as end of life pain mitigation), the mechanic who looks at the screen instead of the engine, the christian whose sole response is “my pastor said”. They are all heading over the cliff.
The power that you, Mr X, hold in your brain is not the power to control others, but the power to enable them to control their own destiny. The data becomes knowledge, the knowledge influences decisions, and the decisions change futures. This is the real power of knowledge. This is its pricelessness. Money is irrelevant when you are able to sift the data in your mind to predict the logical outcome of events. You know how to get more when you need it.
So even in our case the information that we have pile away in the attic is used to our profit. Profit not in terms of money, but in terms of fulfillment and happiness. We pursue those things that interest us with the self assurance that we can simply draw on our store of data to refill be bank account when needed.
The part that makes us, you more than me, is the desire to share our little secrete with others. I am a bit more stingy than you. But I think it has been well established that I may not be the best person on the face of the planet.
Glad to hear you holiday is lightening up.