Sarah Kendzior has written an amazing piece over at Aljazeera.com. I couldn’t have said it better and I’m not even going to try to. Here are a few quotes that really stood out to me but seriously, you should just go read the entire article.
Survival is not only a matter of money, it is a matter of mentality – of not mistaking bad luck for bad character, of not mistaking lost opportunities for opportunities that were never really there.
If you are 35 or younger – and quite often, older – the advice of the old economy does not apply to you. You live in the post-employment economy, where corporations have decided not to pay people. Profits are still high. The money is still there. But not for you. You will work without a raise, benefits, or job security. Survival is now a laudable aspiration.
Higher education is merely a symptom of a broader economic disease. As universities boast record endowments and spend millions on lavish infrastructure, administrators justify poor treatment of faculty by noting that said faculty: 1) “choose” to work for poverty wages, and 2) picked specialisations that give them limited “market value” – ignoring, of course, that almost no one is valued in this market, save those who are reaping its greatest profits.
The college major debate – in which “skill” is increasingly redefined as a specific corporate contribution – extends this inequity to the undergraduate level, defining as worthless, both the student’s field of study and the person teaching it. But when worthlessness is determined by the people handing out – or withholding – monetary worth, we have cause for reassessment.
This article points out that far too often people of our generation are made to feel like failures or that they’ve missed opportunities. Opportunities, that in reality, don’t even exist anymore. They’re a figment of imagination. They’re the carrot that’s being dangled in front of everyone that we will never catch up to. The game is rigged and it has been for quite some time.