Positions of authority: business executives, assembly-line managers, supervisors, parents. Different title; same scenario. Successful adults (now parents) growing up in a work-ethic environment, slogging through the public education system, sending their children to private school because it represents success; a betterment. Better for what I ask? Better yes….in some ways; perhaps not so in others. Same scenario for that mandatory university/college degree so commonly expected by the corporate world. Cause and effect: ‘BofA’ degrees are the new ‘high school’ diploma. Again I ask: Better?
Don’t get me wrong. I did encourage our children towards a university education hoping they attain marketable skills as a means to ensure happiness and financial independence. How? Where? And it really didn’t matter so much if they were otherwise driven. As young adults heading towards some form of post-secondary education, my constant and unwavering advice was to figure out what brings pleasure and how to do this better – whether that meant some form of further education or not. Liking something and trying to do it better likely meant you’ll be good at it……………..meaning somebody just might pay you for this passion. Basically, do we work for the pleasure of what we are doing, or is work simply a means to an end…….or a weekend? It’s this imbalance in our conception of work versus leisure that creates pressure points.
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