Four Steps to Choosing a College Major – The New York Times writes today, giving stupid advice to incoming students. Why is this article stupid, one asks? Easy: it is saying ‘Follow your heart,’ when choosing a career and ignore advice about the dangers of doing this and uses as examples, virtually all very connected, upper class Jewish success stories, most of which depend on the Media supporting them all. Ahem. Yes, you, too, can run around doing as you please if you are one of the Elites! Just copy them! Yup. First, get deep in debt before trying this.
What I wish I’d known in college is that most people’s work shape-shifts in unforeseeable ways. I’ve learned this not just from statistics, but from sitting down with thousands of people in candid conversations about work, life and what it takes to forge something that matters to you. It started after college when I realized I didn’t have enough knowledge to decide what to do with my life.
Two friends were equally lost, so we started on a road trip of self-discovery, seeking out people who had found something they loved and asking them how they’d done it. That trip turned into Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization that produces, among other things, a curriculum for middle and high school students and a long-running public television series about finding meaningful work.
Two happy go lucky fellows ran around doing stuff and then get a fabulous career. *cough*cough* Yes, any ghetto kid can do the same. Then, you publish a book and voila: you are rich and famous as it is turned into TV shows, etc. Easy as falling off a chair…if you are connected, Jewish and not rocking any boats by writing the wrong words.
Mr. Gephard is Jewish. He goes on to find similar examples just like himself and…they are, except one, all Jews and the one exception is a Lebanese of unknown origins and is most likely Lebanese/Jewish and his parents are both upper class top educators/scientists. None rose from the slums. All had great connections via parents and relatives and doors magically open for them all and look, you can be anything…so long as you are the ‘right people.’
For the Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater, the noise said that the arts wouldn’t lead anywhere. Friends and family — people he respected — told him to go to medical or law school. But Mr. Linklater suggests you consider where these people are coming from. “Do they really want you to be a doctor? Do they really want you to be a lawyer?” he wondered. “No, it just sounds good.” Instead he realized: “I don’t want to live like them, you know? I don’t want their life. I remember just sitting there going, ‘O.K., I’m going to reject the advice and do the complete, polar, 180-degree opposite of what everyone is telling me to do.’ ”
Dropping out of Sam Houston State University after sophomore year, he took a job on an oil rig. He used his savings to buy equipment and take film classes at a community college. The auteur of “Boyhood” indeed defied the expectations of people at home.
I used to be married into a Jewish publishing family in NYC. My in laws hated me because I wasn’t Jewish. The last thing on earth they would do, was publish me. On his deathbed, my father-in-law apologized for this. But I was still very much an outsider and thus, locked out. So was my non-Jewish sister-in-law, equally a non-person. This is the level of discrimination within Jewish communities.
So how are outsiders going to get into Hollywood? Hollywood needs non-Jewish actors and actresses so they are hired and fired and toyed with and used and then tossed aside but running the joint, working even at the lower levels, it is often a closed shop. So the NYT telling everyone, ‘Just dream of being a filmmaker and you will have magic doors open up!’ is a rank lie.
All of the examples in this article come from high class backgrounds. Why the NYT editors didn’t notice this imbalance which screws up the story badly, and suggest the writer go look harder at reality…HAHAHA. The NYT is all about entertaining the 1% and making them feel good.
Confessions of a College Professor is not written by a highly connected ethnic guy who has all the inside deals, it is written by a math teacher who despairs as he struggles to make a living, teaching at the college level. To get a better view of what is going on in the universe, reading all his articles is highly recommended. And a very sad trek, too.
My college dreams were blasted to smithereens by the Real Rulers who suddenly, during the Cold War, while the Vietnam War was still raging, to kill all the language programs especially German and Russian, both of which I was studying. Ahem. Destroyed it utterly. This is why our Rulers are so infinitely stupid today. They know nothing, explaining why learning a language is important towards understanding the inner thinking systems of humans, they ignore because they have no desire to understand any humans, they want to force humans to obey commands.
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