How sad this country has lost its way. The US was supposed to be the Land of Opportunity, a place where anyone could pursue one’s dreams, not have to throw away one’s talents & gifts to conform to what someone else decides is a “practical” major & spend their lives toiling away at jobs they hate and for little money. Quality of life was supposed to be better here–unlike the third world where poor people are expected to do whatever it takes, right or wrong, to earn enough to get by.
The reality is there are perhaps billions of people all over the world that are incredibly talented but will never live up to their full potential, never be able to contribute, never be the best they could be because they live in extreme poverty. The child starving in an African desert will never know she was built to be a ballet dancer, may not even know what ballet is. Another child is struggling in a housing complex in the Bronx. He has the intellect and personality type that would make him a gifted scientist. But he is surrounded by gangs and drug dealers, so that is where his future lies.
There’s a saying: “If you think education is expensive, consider the price of ignorance.” We are paying that price now. It would greatly help this country if more Americans studied the liberal arts–particularly history, sociology, political science, and psychology. I guarantee you, Americans wouldn’t have gone along with the surveillance, the destruction of our civil liberties, the dismantling of our Constitution, the outsourcing of our jobs to third-world-countries, etc., if they’d were well-educated in the above subjects. Study some history and sociology and learn about how peoples all over the world and all throughout time have lost their freedom the way Americans are now losing it due to their own ignorance. It’s amazing how history repeats itself when nobody listens.
I suppose this is why the following is also true: disdain for the arts is one of the early warning signs of fascism.
It’s just so much easier to oppress the “money-motivated” Accounting majors. They don’t have lofty ideals of making the world a better place. They simply think about themselves, their money and their potential to make more money, so of course they can be easily manipulated. Americans have made a decision to reward thugs without ideals, compassion or love for their fellow human beings.
People get the governments they deserve.