Americans don’t like intellectuals. Americans distrust the academia. We call the valedictorian a nerd. We venerate the captain of the football team or the college drop out who starts working. Its how we’re wired and its what makes us great. Americans don’t look to books for answers they look to action. We want have a distortion field about what has failed and think, “not when I do it, its going to work”. Its our exact lack of traditional value on degrees that makes us great.
We’re a nation of non-understanding, non-thinkers who learn and succeed by doing.
Academics will lament our dropping math and science scores but there is no direct correlation between a countries level of education and its economic well being. Is Finland rich? Is Sweden an economic power? How about Canada? Or even the disciplinarian Japanese? Nope - stagnant for over a decade. Those top educated countries are wealthy but not gang busting super growth nations? The grow this coming from countries hustling and unleashing risk takers.
Its like Crash said to Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham, “Don’t think, just pitch” - meaning take action and stop studying. The try and error of action has more value than the $100,000 degree you Gert in History.
As usual I take lots of inspiration for sports. In sports if your team is stuck in the middle of the standings you are screwed. You end up neither good enough for a championship but you are paying players veteran salaries. In sports you either want to be young and very cheap or old and competing for the championship. Everything in the middle doomed. Just ask fans of the Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Hawks, Knicks fans or Arsenal.
Same applies to society. I’m calling the middle out. Its the middle class of United States that holding things down. We’re bloated, entitled and expensive. We complain but are too content with out little slice of the action to do anything. We anxiety ridden, we buy things to try and feel better to quell our fears.
The middle is the problem. Not rich enough to stimulate, not poor enough to help and too content (or scared) to do anything. The middle is anxious and steps away from catastrophe.
Harsh, but true. In sports you blow up the team and start over. What does that mean in society?
People love fur. It looks cool, it feels good and for Chrissakes, there is nothing wrong with killing a few abundant animals. Humans have lived on this planet for thousands of years wearing fur. Then in the last 30 years everyone started getting bent outta shape about wearing fur. What the hell! Maybe just maybe modernity is wrong!