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The modern national education system

jus' thinkin' 'bout stuff - 03-29-2022 - by steve rigell -

The really good private schools provide opportunities for kids who want to be exploiters.

There can never be enough exploiters. Exploiters know how the game is played and how to keep it going. They know they’re gonna be exploited, but that’s just how the game is played. Besides, they’ve got their own exploiting to do.

Capitalism really doesn’t shine as a system until the really exploitive sociopaths are busy exploiting other exploiters. Only a small percentage of exploiters are exempt from exploitation.

Everyone else is fair game.

That’s what you call peak capitalism.

Despite the very sincere and real efforts of teachers everywhere, the modern educational system is engineers to create ignorance and compliance.

What you learn in school is how well you’re going to fit into society. You can play the game and follow the rules and fit in while you’re in school. Following one set of rules means learning to cheat and get away with cheating. You to do whatever you can get away with to gain advantage over others.

Or, with another set of rules, you learn to submit, to comply to the rules, play the game, and do your best to fit in to the place society makes for you and the path it prescribes for you.

Or, you do something else, but if you don’t fit in, you suffer the consequences.

It’s evolutionary in the worst sort of way. Mind likes this kind of context. It feels like something is being accomplished while Mind is figuring out how things work.

It’s a preparation for exploitation.

Because Mind thinks it is in control, and, has been convinced if it fails to succeed, it is to blame, Mind’s has been conditioned to first blame itself when it fails to succeed.

Even so, if Mind fails enough, it always has a convenient fall-back. It can always blame it on something over which it has no control—another person, a set of circumstances, or a collection of beliefs.

In school, you learn there are two classes of people at every level. There are the exploiters and the exploited. You’re eased into this perception and paradigm over a twelve-year career.

Your parents are grateful for this system, because they are busy being exploited and forced to make some fat-cat richer because that is what capitalism demands.

These are just some of the things we learn in modern school systems.

And this is the way we treat our own species. Other life-forms either learn to stay out of our way or they die. It’s that simple.

All that to say, the modern school system is working fine. It’s getting the job done that capitalism needs it to do.

From a capitalist perspective, the biggest problem with education is it is an expense—a ‘cost center.’ Capitalists are continually looking for ways to lower costs.

Costs are evil. Profits are good.

If capitalism could find a way to exploit parents and still make them responsible for the costs of indoctrinating their kids, they would do it. Problem is, parents just can’t be trusted to get the job done as well as the most inefficient bureaucracy in the history of everything.

This isn’t sustainable.

We have to change the way we do things.

We have to change our minds. Rewire them. Change our assumptions. Get new mindsets and adopt another set of attitudes.

We have to change our minds in order to change our behavior. Our behavior is largely based upon what we think we know is true. What we believe about what we think we know.

Thing is, a lot of what we think we know is true just isn’t true at all.

That’s a problem. A big one. That’s why we have to change our minds.

So we can stop ourselves from doing things the way we’re doing them today as a species.

We have to start working together, but things aren’t set up to do that successfully. That’s because our minds aren’t set up for cooperation.

So, we have to change our minds.

Somehow, we have to change our thinking, change our minds.

We have to find a way to keep people who do shit like this from getting power.

I don’t know what the answer is.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t do something about it.

When I don’t know what the answer is, when I can’t solve the problem outright or contribute directly to the resolution of a predicament, I Lend My Light.

Give it a try. Lend Your Light

It’s something we can all do.


It’s a beginning. The first step of a epic journey for our species.

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