posted on Oct, 21 2009 @ 08:29 PM
College has never been more important in our nation’s history than it is today, but I certainly do not mean this statement as a compliment to the
Ivory Tower. Our exhausted, repressive, imploding socio-economic system increasingly uses the credentialization process orchestrated by academe to
guarantee that the sheeple whom it hires are docile, subservient and predictable. This socio-economic system is going to pass away anyway in another
ten to fifteen years, and even before it does, credentialization, except in a few specialized disciplines, will cease to be an entrée to paying
employment within this system. The entire system is going to implode in its decrepit rottenness, and the Ivory Tower, as the gatekeeper for such a
decrepit and rotten system, will go down with it. Indeed, for those who know where and how to look, it is already starting to do so.
Even worse, college (which I have already classified as “a place to get credentialized”) is most assuredly not a place nowadays to “find
yourself” or to learn for the sake of learning. On both counts, you are on your own here. The humanities in the Ivory Tower have been devastated by
a quarter century place of post-modern deconstructionism, and the sciences have been corrupted by governmental control and corporate bribes. In such a
world, just years away from total implosion, you are --- you must be --- your own teacher and your own guide to self-knowledge.
Unfortunately, for all their faults, colleges --- or, more particularly, college towns --- are becoming the only refuges of culture (however limited,
superficial and artificial) in a global society that is increasingly, shamelessly and unapologetically barbaric. That didn’t use to be the case, but
it is increasingly the case now. But even in its dotage, the Ivory Tower still has a few students who want to learn, a few students who want to teach,
and a few subjects which are worthy to learn.
By and large, however, institutional education is not a wise investment. Yes, the big bucks are for those with the sheepskins, but the even bigger
bucks, in the longer run, are for those who have a vision, who test it against reality, and who hold onto it to the end. Bill Gates, who dropped out
of Harvard in his second year, is a perfect case in point.