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Is success even possible anymore?

Posted by anonymous at November 30, 2011
Tags: 2011 November  Society

Why is it so impossible to make it in modern America?

I hear all these baby boomers calling my generation lazy. I don't understand what they expect us to do.

I work very hard, working two jobs while trying to complete an engineering degree. I want to succeed, but I don't see a feasible pathway to the middle class.

If you're 18 years old in this country, what are you supposed to do when you graduate high school?

1.) You can follow your dreams and go to college, but that will almost certainly make you a debt slave for 10-20 years. And when you graduate the likelyhood of getting a job is small at best.

2.) Join the military that is now so full it is competitive to get into.

3.) Go work a series of minimum wage jobs that give no health benefits, and no chance of promotion without a college degree.

It must have been nice to go to college for a sixth of the cost, to have almost instant opportunity upon graduation.

It must have been nice to pay into social security and expect to receive it yourself.

It must have been nice to quit your job and migrate to San Francisco, sit out in the grass, smoke pot, and listen to music for a week straight, to burn your draft card and take acid everyday.

It seems to me that of all the people who can critize my generation, the baby boomers should be the last to open their mouths.


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By anonymous at 03,Jan,12 12:29

Those ways you describe - they are the ways that society explained to you that are good. They are good in the meaning that following them you will be a "good" member of society. I.e. another obidient sheep that feeds its masters and does not cause problems.

If you want to succed you have to think out of the box. Always remember - society is not meant to make personally you happy or successful. It's meant to prosper in general sometimes against good being of its members.

I'm not saying that you have to be a criminal, it's really not a way if you are not smart enough and don't have connections with powerful people. But you have to think beyond of what parents and teachers told you.

By Lowell at 03,Jan,12 20:51

"I work very hard, working two jobs while trying to complete an engineering degree. I want to succeed, but I don't see a feasible pathway to the middle class."

Your doing it right. Trust me, effort will get you there. It still works, expand WHO you know. That's all it takes in addition to putting out actual effort. You'll do fine.

By anonymous at 04,Jan,12 05:52

Your so right,
not just America though,
all Western nations

By anonymous at 06,Jan,12 00:11

Couldn't agree more about the baby boomers, they're possibly the most sanctimonius and hypocritical generation to ever burden our planet! They didn't know the great depression of the nineteen thirties but they've gone and created an economic situation just like it for their children - They've even got the gall to lecture and cast blame. The poster on 01/04/2012 was right though - It's happening to all western nations.

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