Uh oh! He said it. He said the thing that’s completely opposite of what we’ve been brainwashed into thinking is the pathway to success.
Seriously though, there is no secret fountain of knowledge behind the closed doors of a school or university.
Everything you’ve ever wanted to learn is available, FREE, in your pocket. Plus any “networking opportunity” you would have at a Uni is easily attained through LinkedIn, Groups on Facebook, or messaging boards.
The only good a college degree does for you is if it can be used to directly earn you a job. But even then, all it is is a piece of paper that says “Yes, I showed up to class and learned how to pass tests.”
There’s really no amount of knowledge or experience that a degree itself holds and many of the things you learn in order to obtain a degree is learned OUTSIDE of the classroom and AWAY from your professor, anyway.
As a Broadcasting major graduate myself, I can tell you most of the audio production and voice skills I learned was something I taught myself, not from homework or class work or lecture.
If you want a degree, just show up for class and pass exams; it’s quite easy. You don’t even need to excel in your grades to get a job, as long as you hold a degree (with some exceptions in a few fields). You can do just enough to get by -- study just enough, write just enough.
But that’s an awful large waste of time and money. Yes, the cost of education is insane right now. As a matter of fact, the interest rate to get an education is HIGHER than the interest rate to purchase a new car or own a new house.
And it’s probably around the same cost too.
Like you can either pay thousands of dollars for information freely available online...
...or you could own a freaking house of your own, or maybe even business.
You’re seriously better of sitting on the couch, learning what you need, taking out a loan from the bank and starting your own business from the comfort of your home than schlepping your way to class and digging yourself deep into debt for a degree that will (most likely) fail to land you a good paying job.
You don’t need someone telling you what time to show up to class, what assignments to complete and when, what topics to focus on, what overpirced books to buy.
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Pitt, Oprah, John Mayer, Lady Gaga, John Lennon, Jim Carrey, Walt Disney, and Abraham Lincoln.
They were all procrastinators.
They all dropped out of school. They all dropped out of the chain of obligations and did what they wanted to do, instead of what they had to do.
They had to go to class. They had to get good grades. But no, they decided to procrastinate. They decided to do what they want instead of what they had to do.
Now to clarify, when I say to drop out of school, you must understand: there is a hard difference between “education” and “learning”. The people, successful procrastinators, I just mentioned understood this difference.
Education is the system designed to indoctrinate you into becoming a labor slave. It is a series of courses, homework, projects, and exams that instill a hardworking mindset into the minds of children all the way up to the point that they become a young adult and are ready to enter the work force.
Education is the nonstop process of brainwashing and subconscious manipulation designed by the masters who own the land, who own the schools, who own YOU with the goal of training you to become an obedient little corporate slave.
It is NOT designed to help you develop and evolve as a person; it is only designed to get you to submit, follow orders, work hard for somebody else, meet authority’s standards (instead of your own), and fear failure.
Learning, on the other hand, is the process of expanding one’s knowledge and potential. It is exploring the possibilities life has to offer, across a range of many topics. It is taking risks and making mistakes and guess what? Learning from them.
Learning is the method of gaining power in your mind, because knowledge is power.
Those who already have power don’t want others to hold it,; they don’t want to share it; they want it all for themselves, so they have composed a structure to eliminate the possibility of others gaining power by outlining a “path to success” that inevitably leads to nothing but being one of the most valuable slaves on the plantation.
Learning leads to freedom and they don’t want you to escape.
Kids manifest an organic, built-in strong desire to learn. Kids want to learn. They have a HUGE natural curiosity. They want to explore. They want to discover.
A child’s mind is like a sponge, fueled by curiosity, hungry to absorb knowledge, soak it all in and grow.
But the average kid would describe school as “boring”. Why is that?
I mean how can that be?
How can a mind with such a large appetite for learning be so intrinsically repulsed by a place which seemingly provides a fulfilling meal to satisfy that appetite for knowledge?
Well, it’s because, quite essentially, school does not provide learning. It provides indoctrination and brainwashing.
It provides a sort of “treatment” to suppress the natural curious mind of a child, because knowledge can be a dangerous power, especially to those who already hold power.
So governments have built the education from the ground up with the goal, not to inspire or motivate or even teach, but to eliminate the threat of anyone questioning power and creating a more effective and collaborative system that works better and provides more equality than the corruptive capitalistic one that exists today.
School, a place of learning, should not be boring for a kid, a young individual equipped with fiery passion to learn as much information as possible.
School and education should be fun. Kids should look forward to going to school, but they don’t.
The people in power want kids to associate learning with boredom, so that they are less inclined to want to learn and educate themselves and build a better future with the knowledge they gain.
This is Animal training 101.
Associate good behavior with positive feedback and emotions.
Associate bad behavior with negative feedback and emotions.
If a dog sits when you give the command, you give treats. If she barks at a guest when they come in, you put them alone in their crate.
The dog learns appropriate behavior based on the punishments and rewards given.
While we as humans like to think of ourselves as “higher beings” in the animal kingdom, which for many reasons can be considered true, we can’t deny our primal hardwired responses to the stimuli in any given environment.
It’s natural for any living thing with a brain, including humans, to avoid doing things that are associated with negative feelings and to perform things willingly that are associated with positive feelings.
Thus, the education system in society is purposefully designed to train young minds to associate learning with the negative feeling of boredom.
Boredom is a negative feeling apathy and lack of enthusiasm or concern. If people are bored about learning then they are not motivated to teach themselves skills or knowledge that will help them level up and defeat the evil villain of corrupt government. Instead, they prefer to be distracted by entertainment.
They, the people in power, don’t want an educated public. They want hardworking slaves, who know “just enough” to keep things running but not enough to question the design of the system or innovate ways to escape it and create a better system with more fair parameters.
As the late great George Carlin said:
‘’Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking,they want obedient workers,people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.''
You are their property, and that’s the way they see it and want to keep it. If you are taught to “learn” then you will learn to want to escape or overthrow those in power, so instead they teach you to “work” and be bored.
In addition to training you to associate learning with negative boredom, they further program your mind to associate entertainment with positive fun.
All the movies, video games, and TV shows are designed to keep you distracted from what your inner child wants to do: learn.
It’s getting harder and harder to prevent people from learning, since we now have access to the entire world’s knowledge base in our pockets.
So they continue to make the entertainment more and more enticing with funnier punch lines, deeper plots, and more charming characters, while making school more and more boring with higher standards and bigger work loads.
They continue to train your mind to associate learning with negativity and entertainment with positivity.
They also try to get people to associate the Internet with entertainment, rather than learning: silly videos, click-bait articles, memes--that’s what they want you to consume-- to decrease the chance that you’ll use it as an escape route from the corporate plantation.
The education system has failed us in helping children evolve their natural curiosity and learning ability, but the Internet threw a complete curve ball. Pre-Internet, the government had complete control over what information was being shared with the public, but with the Internet came the Wild West of learning.
Now anyone with a device and WiFi connection could access anything they’d ever want to learn.
There was also a time pre-Internet that free public libraries, thanks to good ole Benjamin Franklin, who actually wanted an educated public and believed it was for the betterment of society.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn, “ he once said. He wanted to involve the public in reading books
But others in power did not see it that way because then came the onslaught of propaganda making the public believe that people that spent time in the libraries were “nerds and losers”. People that spent their time in libraries were smart and awake, aware of what’s going on (and still are).
Entertaining the masses has backfired a bit though, because now being a nerd is cool, somehow. But I digress
You can learn everything you need to learn about your field online. There’s no secret knowledge behind the closed doors of a school or university.
Plus, and education does NOT guarantee you a job. I mean, if you do a little thought experiment and put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager, who are you going to hire:
a) the person who holds a degree but has absolutely NO experience whatsoever and only knows what s/he memorized in class
b) the person who doesn't hold a degree but has a plethora experience on a variety of projects with many different clients and is always learning new things
Probably the latter. An educated person is not necessarily a better employee or more likely to be successful than his/her uneducated peers.
(The Student Loan Scam also plays a role into this, as well. As mentioned, the cost of education is already overpriced and just keeps getting higher all for the profits of banks and loan sharks.)
They put up as many signs and distractions as they can and are now even banning net neutrality to attempt to load false information to you at faster speeds than the true information.
Learning is fun. Education is not.
Don’t confuse the two.
Don't confuse the two and think that learning is boring just because going to school is. There is no doubt some video documentary, investigative report article, or in-depth podcast that you have truly enjoyed outside of class curriculum and learned from.
Become an autodidact, a fancy word for a lazy self-taught person who didn't want to work hard in class and instead wanted to do whatever they wanted.
Learn what you want, when you want.
Be brave. Be a procrastinator: drop out of school and learn what you want, instead of getting brainwashed to follow a set of instructions designed to make you become a mindless corporate slave, who submits to and fears authority.