I found this article about PhD’s who are too proud to work:
“Why does her PhD make her more deserving than a welfare queen? Because, to “The Chronicle of Higher Education” the PhD has value. It doesn’t. I’m not saying she isn’t smart. I’m saying the PhD in no way communicates to me that she knows medieval history better than any Dungeons & Dragons player. She may know more. But how do I know? I don’t even find “MD” particularly valid, but at least you can sue a doctor.”
That’s “Hipsters on Food Stamps” from The Last Psychiatrist dot com. A biting, sarcastic demolition of the Big Education Lie.
I didn’t agree with it all, but I nodded, laughed and shook my head sadly through most.
Then I murmured a prayer of thanksgiving that I don’t live in that world:
* I’m thankful I don’t live in a world where people think a piece of paper from an institution defines your worth. I’ve got one of those too, and mine’s more employable than medieval history. But had I not produced some things other humans would actually pay for, it would only be a fancy bit of parchment.
* Thankful I’m not surrounded by co-workers who have bought in what “The Matrix” teaches you – that society owes you something just because you swallowed the “Big Education” pill. (It doesn’t. Get crackin’.)
* That my colleagues don’t drip words like “producerism” and “consumerism” to mask their contempt for jobs that are “beneath” them. (Is your rent paid? No? Take what you can get ’til it is.)
* I’m glad I, and most fine folks in Planet Perry, somehow escaped the “get a degree…get a job…live happily ever after” pink koolaid.
I’m proud that Planet Perry people understand that it takes hard WORK (gasp!) and willingness to provide something the market is willing to pay extra for, to make it in the REAL world.
The school of hard knocks is underrated, because what they don’t tell you is how big the rewards are when you get an “A.”
My friend, you are getting the REAL education. You are putting your energy, creativity and money behind your products and your ideas and you are boldly asking the world to give you money. No ivory towers here.
No hipster PhD’s on Food Stamps either.
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