Why only one thing? – Know Your Role

On all of the lots and lots of occasions in schools when my classmates and I were asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” kids always said just one thing. Sometimes it would be an “or” but never an “and”. So “firefighter or baseball player” but never “firefighter and baseball player”. Usually it wasn’t even an or. The ridiculousness of a 4th grader planning out his future life was never noted by the teacher asking the question – it never is noted by indoctrinators. I always was depressed by the answers… some 4th grader, or 6th grader, or 8th grader (strangely enough though or perhaps not strangely enough, the question was mostly asked when we were very young) who in his dream of dreams wants to be only one thing, play only one role in society. A tool of the state.

It’s remarkable that anyone can make it through the educational system without being warped for life. Perhaps noone does.

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