Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Why the Government Keeps Pushing College

    College graduates make more money than high school graduates. This translates into more money in taxes for the government. The government cares nothing for its citizens. The government is all about investment and returns. The majority of our leaders are business men or lawyers. This means they are looking for returns for every investment they make. Every student in a public college costs the government far more than their tuition covers. So, why is the government willing to spend all that money? Simple, because a person can be taxed more as they climb the income ladder!

    The plan worked beautifully going all the way back to the GI bill, but the rising costs of student's loans has backfired on the system. Modern America is filled with wage slaves that are just trying to keep their heads afloat. The land of college graduates earning wonderfully taxable salaries has ended. We have become: a land of worthless reality shows, innovation being owned by a few with an outdated patent office, and casually standing by as other nations lap us in math and engineering.

    The last State of the Union address was all about going forward with math, science, and engineering; the state of the state address from Nathan Deal (Governor of my State) openly stated that the main reason for education is to get a job in this modern economy. The push going forward in education is to get most of the country retrained into fields that are thriving and away from fields that have limited earning potentials. The modern world can be divided into Profession based majors vs Enlightenment based majors. We must recreate ourselves toward a wonderful new world of math, science, and engineering. Yet, we must not forget the arts, philosophers, and enlightenment majors that have challenged us to think of a brighter world throughout history. We must merge the two together.

    The birth of a new world is already here, but it is about to come into its own. Art and Engineering are mixing to creating something that no other time period in history has experienced. This blog is being written on a computer that was created by an engineer somewhere. Music is being downloaded by millions of people through itunes, amazon music, etc. This makes even the smallest of artists richer than their wildest dreams. We must not separate our academic and professional worlds into two fields, but merge them into one beautiful world. Universities, high schools, and tech schools need to push the arts to inspire our students to create new things that raise the economy up, and teach them the engineering to create the wonderful things the art inspires them to create. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

All We Have is Time.

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - Gandalf

All we have is time. Money can be spent; health can disappear with a single accident or illness; our things will rust away. We have nothing in this life that is permanent. All that we hold dear can be taken away from us quickly and effectively in so many ways. Recent studies say that most Americans are a few pay checks away from the streets. 2008 proved to the world that a few greedy elites can take down entire world economies. The masses did nothing wrong, but almost lost everything due to no fault of their own.

All we have is time, because we have nothing else. We will get out of this life what we spend our time on. As long as we have time and can put one foot in front of the other and one thought together with another we are alive. As long as we are alive we have time. Time is no more than a measurement of how long we have on this planet. Some people get more time than others, but we all get to decide what to do with the time we are given. Therefore, time is the most valuable thing we have by default of being the only thing we have.

Wasting time is the biggest mistake we can make in this life. This does not mean that we make ourselves so busy that we collapse from exhaustion. Not wasting time is about making choices daily to not waste time. Tacticians think in terms of details, but strategists think in terms of big picture. People need to ask themselves whether or not their behaviors benefit their lives. Habits that consume lots of time with no benefit that can be justified is wasting time. Reading benefits the mind and expands the imagination, but watching the nightly propaganda that calls itself news does not!

Americans have so many habits that do not benefit them. People like to say they do not have enough time. Everyone gets twenty four hours a day regardless of what people do with it. Successful people know not to waste this time on useless tasks. Some battles are worth fighting and some are not. Learning to spend time fighting the battles that advance our lives is critical to advancing humanity. Eating due to being bored or lonely is not a good use of time, but going for a walk is! The path to a better life starts within a person's mind. The rest is just a matter of choices once a person has decided to use their time to advance their lives.