He was an amazing person. Too bad I had to be a teenager and young
man and thought everything he did or said was stupid for so long. It
wasn't until I was seriously in my late 20s that I really saw him for
what he was. We lost him whenever I just turned 39...10-12 years just
wasn't long enough to soak up that much knowledge. Even though touchy-
feely was not in our vocabulary, I was able to truthfully tell him
that I thought he was the smartest person I had ever met in my life.
He was always a tad bitter about not being able to really cash in on
all the things he did at work and, moreso, pissed that people passed
him by just because they had a degree but he could outhink them any
day. I think if life hadn't thrown him the curves when it did, he
would have had the guts to strike out on his own and could have really
cashed in on some of those patents. I really believe that bitterness
kept him from really enjoying the accomplishments he made and surely
kept him from talking about them because he would just end up being
Did I say that? I don't think I did. There were just some remarks
that I took as meaning people who go to college are smarter and have
more common sense than those people who don't. That ain't necessarily
true. I have met some absolutely brilliant people during my IT career
who are, at the same time, dumb as a stump--one guy, and I am serious,
couldn't tie his shoes, but if you let him loose to work on the
internals of an IMS database like nobody else people around him have
ever seen. He could do what nobody else could ever imagine (of
course, it helped that he worked at IBM as a designer of IMS). His
biggest problem was that all he oculd do was work on the internals of
an IMS database.
By all means, send your children to college but make sure they don't
get sucked into thinking so high that they start to develop circular
reasoning and then end up not functioning in this world. Like I said,
I have a couple cousins who fall into that boat.
Yeah, or else they may end up as obscenely overpaid CEO's who walk around
100% of the time an attitude of entitlement, but contribute nothing else.
Alternatively, they may end up like Tim Daneliuk who is highly intelligent,
but contributes nothing, gives nothing back and spends his whole day whining
about how the system is costing him.
By the way, this is a tough question.
If India and China and Russia produce capable, college-educated people
who are willing to work for 1/10th of what we need to survive on in
this country, is college really worth it here? Education costs are
rising incredibly fast but the payoff isn't there anymore.
I am not saying we should not have our kids go to college; I am using
the aforementioned circular reasoning to ask if it truly is worth it
I guess I am saying something needs to be done to right the ship
because medium and large companies scour the earth now for slave labor
it seems. Plus the huge deficits that were started by the last
Administration and continued even worse with the current one makes me
extremely fearful for my children and grandchildren and even
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