Alright, just some thoughts here. In the never-ending conversations about topics like minimum wage, living wage, etc, the notion of 'un-skilled
workers' comes up again and again. Usually when people are saying things like, 'why SHOULD un-skilled workers make enough to live comfortably?' And
they will also say things like, 'why don't these people actually learn a skill so that they can make more money.' First of all, let's be clear on what
we mean when we say 'learn a skill.' We mean 'get a degree.' Intelligence itself means little to nothing in this society. Degrees matter. This is the
internet, and people can and do say this all the time, so take it how you will. But I am honestly a very intelligent person. Although I really don't
say or think this hardly at all anymore, because there is no real outlet for my intelligence so it has become rather meaningless and insignificant.
How I originally developed the notion of myself being intelligent was simply at how much easier school was for me than it was to other people. Now, I
feel because of this, I developed a pretty #ty work ethic when it came to school. I enjoyed being known as the guy who never did anything or paid any
attention and still got A's on everything.
Unfortunately, when I got to college, the same attitude kept up. With the same results really, I would most always get A's on tests and papers, and my
grade in the class would depend on how homework-based the class was, because I wasn't really doing homework. At a certain point I stopped going, and
here I am. I've since got a job working retail. And it's fine for the time being, I like it alright. My current situation doesn't require all that
much money, so it works out okay. Now, I do feel having a job, combined with just getting older, has really helped me to develop a sense of
responsibility that was lacking before. And so I do plan on going back to school, and feel that sense of responsibility will serve me well in actually
doing the work.
But my point is this. I really am a very smart person. I could do all sorts of things, and do it well, for that reason. But I don't have a degree, so
it's irrelevant so I just tried to find a job wherever I could. So, people act like people who have low-income jobs are just unskilled morons. And
that's just not the case, certainly not all the time. I'm very smart, but that doesn't mean anything. There's no way to demonstrate that intelligence
and then get a good job as a result. If you don't have a degree, you just try to find a job. That doesn't make you a moron. So all these people saying
'learn something' just need to think. At least understand that what you're saying is you need to get a degree. Which some people fully support our
current system and are ok with that, but others think it's a superficial evaluation of our worth, and wouldn't be so comfortable with that being what
they are saying.
I was naïve when I was younger. Everyone knew that I was very smart. And I just thought, it's obvious I'm smart, everyone knows, it's impossible that
I won't be able to be successful. Given my intelligence, I'm obviously going to be able to be an asset in a job situation where I can make pretty good
money. I didn't understand that your intelligence honestly means nothing, only your degree does. Now I am going to go back to school, and with my
newfound sense of responsibility I feel that I will actually do the work and therefore be successful. And then I should be able to get a good job. But
it will be because of my degree, and have nothing to do with my intelligence.
edit on 2-9-2014 by TheJourney because: (no reason