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whoring! ridiculous.

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on September 16, 1999 at 13:24:47:

In Reply to: Study something you're interested in, why not posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on September 16, 1999 at 12:58:11:

: SDF: As a possessor of more than one degree, I really don't see why one's education must necessarily start with the act of sucking up to the job market. Once upon a time, people used to claim that they wanted to study things because they wanted to know about them. I guess it doesn't surprise me that procapitalists take the stand that it is necessary for knowledge to go whoring after money.

An arrogent misreading, common among the scholars in lands of plenty. There is a relationship between what you choose to study and what kinds of jobs you get afterwards. My post wasnt career advice. if you want to study 'whatever' then ofcourse, given that you can offer something in return to have the time and effort of a university to supply the course, you may go ahead.

But dont complain that any subsequent employment doesnt pay enough, or that there isnt enough demand for your set of knowledge.

learning is not an activity that is seperate from your environment, nor is it aloof to whichever requirements exist to pursue your own life, nor does 'being educated' become a claim upon others.

In a commune skills in farming and building are still more useful than Bolivian poetry in gaining food and shelter, for the Amish an ability to make and use tools, to farm and maintain equipment and to study a spiritual religious set of beliefs are considered important. Are they 'whoring'? For the !Kung san people following tracks was the paramount skill, the better one was the more catches, were they 'whoring'?

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