Raging against the machine is in my nature. It annoys me to no end when I read about injustices such as government raises during our recent implosion. I once skipped a morning of work to demonstrate against an apparel company which used racist slogans. Up yours Abercrombie! As I age, I’m discovering a more peaceful side that just accepts things the way they are.
There’s a lot of messed up things in the world such as war, poverty, and corruption. Some things we can try to explain, and some things we can’t. And yet, I wonder if every irrational thing has a rational reason? Let’s look at some examples and decide for yourself.
The Kid Who Just Wants To Have Fun
Everybody knows that grades start accumulating in the 9th grade, and without good grades and SAT scores, the chances of getting into a good college, and therefore landing a desirable job goes down. Is it really so bad that Johnny High doesn’t go to Yale, and become a rich physician? What’s so bad about community college and working for $20,000/yr at a dead end job which he enjoys? Nothing at all!
Johnny High’s decision to not study hard in high school is perfectly rational. He chose to have a whole lot of fun, while other kids were miserable studying and participating in extracurricular activities to boost their resumes. When he’s 35 years old and still working at his job with the same salary, he’ll think back at all the fun he had in high school and smile.
Who’s to say that being a multi-millionaire physician and going to Yale is good anyway? He could end up incredibly miserable, with tremendous amounts of anxiety everyday as a doctor. Instead, Johnny High chooses to live a more relaxing life, and doesn’t care about money. If he did care about money, he would have studied harder. And if Johnny starts to care about money, he may go to grad school and give himself another shot.