That doesn't explain why professors are generally leftists and socialists, a lot closer to communism than us.It is just my opinion but it seems to me that the more educated one is the more likely they are to vote for a market economy and the more brain washed and indoctrinated they are the more likely they are to vote for communism.
Inspiring post.There is formal education. And then there is practical education, such as that of Borg Warner. Some of us are fortunate to have both. What we are all capable of doing is thinking and continuing with a life long program of self-education and enrichment.
When I have trades people come to the house, I speak with them about their training, the classes that they periodically take. When I go donate blood, I ask the same questions of the technicians who draw the blood. They aren't stupid. They are motivated and continue to learn. It is demeaning and inaccurate to say that they are uneducated.
Ok. I voted for Mr. Trump. Let me describe the last 24 hours. Last night, I researched how to fix a pressure cooker and fixed it. I also started reading Selected Stories of Lu Hsun, the developer of the short story in China in the 20th Century.
Today, I have a medical class from UCLA on Zoom. I have an advanced French on Zoom. And, I am well past retirement age.
My attitude. You keep on learning. You don't rest on the laurels. Like Bill Jordan once wrote, "there is no second place winner".
Reminds me of a time when I was at a job fair for my firm in 08'. It was a long day and the lines never ended for candidates waiting to pitch their resume. At the end of the day I had one guy, the type that likes to stand right in your face type, pushing his resume in my face. He was telling me he had two master degrees and 2 other degrees and so on. My BS meter pinged and my first question was "If you are so smart, why did you stand in this line for 2 hours?" The look in his eyes was priceless, end of discussion...This is another topic that comes up quite frequently on Glock Talk.
Mind you, I am not complaining. I am merely pointing out that it is a popular question.
This topic is also why I lost all respect for the former member known as The Rabbi.
Many years ago, while he was still active on this forum, he and I engaged in a conversation that turned ugly.
His position was that the "BEST WAY" to become successful and have a rewarding career was to get a STEM* degree at a University or College. That opinion seemed to be heavily influenced by his personal history, his wife's history and the history of his acquaintances.
At some point in the discussion his concept of "best" switched to "only".
Some of you old timers might recall that Rabbi could be the nicest guy in the world. And he could also be the most belligerent, bullheaded, cantankerous cuss you could ever know. If he was convinced his opinion was the "holy grail" he would dig in his heels and no amount of facts or logic could dissuade him. He would refuse to admit that he was wrong. And that was when he would resort to "stalking" and "name calling". He just would not let the subject go even after several others came to my defense and tried to explain to him that we could both be correct. It got to the point that every time I posted on any topic, he would drop by to call me an idiot, then retreat without adding anything substantive to the current discussion.
[Edited to add: I am not the only member of this forum who witnessed and fell victim to this pattern of his behavior.]
I never said his opinion was completely without merit. I merely tried to point out that there were other options.
- Many trades people do not have an undergraduate or post-graduate degree awarded by what is commonly called a University or College. Yet they are quite successful by anyone's standard.
- Many trades people receive their training via an apprenticeship program.
- Many trades people receive training at Trade Schools and/or Technical Training Institutes.
- Many trades people receive training via "On-the-Job-Training".
The straw that broke the camel's back though was when I said that the world was full of successful people who had University or College degrees in areas "other than" STEM*.
I will never forget when he responded to me by saying, "I (Rabbi) can't believe that I (Rabbi) am having to explain this to you (Mister Clean). How stupid can you (Mister Clean) be?"
* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics