Have We Made It Yet?

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

So, what do you want your kids to be when they grow up?

A doctor.

An actress.

A firefighter.

Happy.

There’s a hell of a good chance that you’ll fail on all counts! It’s not that you won’t try hard enough or that your kids won’t be smart enough, it’s just that the odds are stacked totally against you!

The school system is where it all starts. It is the most powerful indoctrination machine known to man, it is no coincidence that many totalitarian regimes have had torture/ indoctrination camps, sometimes known as “re-education camps.” Our schools get them young because the younger they are, the easier they are to brainwash, and brainwashing it is. It used to be known, when I trained to be a teacher, as socialization; the moulding of an individual or group of individuals to fit in into society. The shaving off of the corners so that the oddly shaped peg fits right into the square hole.

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Once they are pushed through the meat grinder which is the education system in England, some come out as perfectly formed sausages all identical to each other and capable of fitting into the pre made packages waiting for them on the conveyor belt, while some come out more or less miss formed and are taken to the side and packaged as seconds, while others are so miss formed they simply are not fit for resale. The prisons of the land are full of such maladjusted sausages.

Now back to the perfect sausages. When we say perfect we mean of course perfectly adapted to fit in. The world of work is the next hurdle. These sausages place themselves on the shelves and the employers wander the isles and choose between them; the sausages are all the same shape of course but there are different flavours, while one employer may be after chorizo another is after pork and leek. There are millions of sausages on the shelves and new sausages are being created all the time, the fresher they are the more desirable they are to the employers, but why is it so important to be chosen from the shelves?

Well, let’s look at day time television. This traditionally is the television you watch when unemployed. Every other programme is about houses and homes, getting on the property ladder. Location, location, location. We do need to look at why, is it because as soon as you buy a house the banks have got you cornered for at least twenty five years? Or maybe I’m being cynical.

Living as I do in the north of England you would think more people would have heard of “Manchester Capitalism” , this is the concept of employers paying their employees just enough to survive and to get by, maybe even enough to enjoy a treat every now and then but certainly not enough to be able to leave the work and do what you actually want to do.

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But don’t worry. When you get to the ripe old age of somewhere between sixty five and seventy you get to retire on a fraction of what you earned earlier but you know what, the good news is that now at last you can do whatever you like!

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The above only applies to the perfectly formed sausages, the miss formed ones are still in prison and the ruling classes?

They didn’t go to the same schools!

“Some learn the rules, the others to rule!”

Lucien Grey

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