I’m not sure if I heard it someplace or if I made it up myself. But you can quote me – “Debt is the modern-day slave shackle.” And even though it is the “norm” and “expected,” it is just more of that boiling water we have to get out of. The Book says it is not lawful to be in any kind of debt. ‘Pay everyone what you owe him: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.’
The largest debt creator at the moment being higher education, so I have come to question the whole system. It is my belief, if you are going to school just to increase your earning potential – don’t. Become skilled at something, self-educate and become useful in some crucial way and the money you seek will come. Get creative, life is for living and creating. Not blindly following and consuming.
If you are not into the silly things you are taught to be into as consumer sheep, it is quite easy to live on quite little in this country. ‘What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.’ The worst, for me at the moment, being name brand water. Excuse me? This H2O is not cool? Not hip enough? Not fancy enough for you? You. Are. An. Idiot.
(Judge not, bright angel.)
On the other hand, there are those who have a thirst for knowledge (no pun intended) and the university system is still the best way to bring together the like-minded. In that sense, I do still believe in schooling – if for no other reason than it being how I met the most talented artists I’ve known through my attending UT Austin. Academia goes back a long way, and for good reason. It is good to have mentors and for educators to have pupils. It is good for bright minds to find each other. That is how culture survives. But this pushing them through the system like cows through a corral gate is not healthy for anyone.
Just more insanity and darkness.
Not to mention, what you are “taught” is largely biased and boring. God did not create us to suffer through boring lectures that cost us thousands. That is manmade madness. I say, find yourself a mentor and do things off the books. Now I am just open journal wishing. I do wish I had a musical mentor, like Harrison had Shankar. I know who I would choose but he would probably not have me. For me, still with my soul, I am hated, even by those I greatly admire. ‘And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.’
So, please, don’t go to school because “it’s what you’re supposed to do.” Find another way. One of the best jobs I ever had was working the front desk of a dry cleaners. And you know why? Because I was with my friends. I say, after high school, you and all your besties find work at the same crappy place together. Make that hell hole into an oasis of fun and good times. Start a book club within that circle. Save your pennies and then, if you find the right school for the right reasons, go to college and pay for it IN FULL.
That’s what I would tell my imaginary children, anyway.