In this day in age, everything is boxes. Our food comes in boxes, we watch boxes for fun, we live in box like structures, we use these nifty little boxes to communicate with each other ALL DAY and worst of all we learn in boxes. It just does not seem to make any sense. How on earth are we as a civilization being dominated by boxes?! Seriously, take a moment to look around wherever you are at and I bet you will see what I’m raving about.
What I really don’t understand is the fact that we are taught about the world around us in a box of bricks. I have spent thousands of dollars and numerous hours in a classroom “learning.” What this learning has really boiled down to is the quick memorization of information and then the regurgitation at test time. I stuffed my brain full and repeated the process again and again but it never really sunk in. We take a bunch of classes just to meet goal areas but do we really have interest in them? If there was an option not to take 90% of your classes would you even take them? I realized that some of my classes were an attempt to try and culture me but how in world could I relate to something as deep as a peoples way of life through text? Or understand the complexity and importance of the environment by watching a movie? College just wasn’t cutting it for me and I felt like I was wasting my time and money on a scam. Gathered together, these lectures and validation of our memory would only amount to a piece of paper, a cheep polyester gown with a ridiculous hat and $40,000 in debt. I craved to see those far away lands and the ability to learn about this world with my own eyes. This was something I was not at all getting from sitting inside a box. So I called it good and gave it up.
What I am learning everyday outside of a box my words could never explain. I don’t think schooling is totally bad, it has its place. I do however think that it leads a bunch people in the wrong direction. You may think its the right thing to do because its looked on as prestigious and well to do by society as a whole; it is said you will make more money in the end. This is not always the case, my friends, it’s the twenty first century. Almost everyone has a B.A. these days, its hardly distinguishing anymore. Getting a degree often sets you up to be in debt that takes years to pay off. In turn you get locked into a job to pay off the debt. The killer is, you probably won’t love your job. This adds up to the trade of life for money that I don’t see as worth it. But not to despair, if you are reading this there is still life in you, so that means there are choices to be made. I don’t want to work my life away in a box so I can buy more boxes. Shoot, I don’t even want to see anymore boxes. I want to see what the rest of the shapes look like! That’s enough of my brain leakage, I hope we can all achieve the freedom of life. Now stop looking at this box already! Happy travels! -Alex