I have wealth that doesn’t dissipate. I have wealth you cannot take away from me and cannot be depleted. I have a college education.
Even though most people who have college degrees tend to make more money than people who don’t (Yup–it’s true!), I don’t want to focus on that. Because focusing on that is the business model of education–something I reject.
I went to college for two distinct reasons, in this order: (1) To learn, (2) To earn money.
It turned out for me that, at present, I cannot work. So my second reason for going to college is moot.
However, I do know that I am a happier, healthier, better informed (and probably just better in general) person due to my education. I have research skills–something incredibly lacking in our present Trump-filled-fake-news society. I understand about how the world works. I understand history. I can tease apart arguments.
I know what this means:
Am I saying I’m better than you if you have no education? No. I don’t believe that, when it comes to value, any human is really more valuable than another. Am I elitist? No. Unless, of course, you think that learning is elite, which it isn’t. But if you think opening a book is elitist, then count me as elite.
I’ve lived my life trying to share my education with others, especially those who could not go to college. Some of them rejected it–for, ultimately, bad and biased reasons–but oh well. You can bring a horse to water, but you can’t fix willful ignorance.
Deep down inside me, there was a burning desire to learn. I think it runs in my family, who are consumed with learning and who are incredibly bright, even though some didn’t go to college. This desire in me was only quenched by learning from scholars.
I am grateful for people who came before me–women, people of goodwill–who paved the way for me to go to college.
If you cannot see the value of learning, I pity you and wonder about the direction and nature of your soul. As for me, I stand by my decision to go to college. I may not be rich. But I never aspired to be rich, either.