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THE TRUTH ABOUT JOBS+

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Historically jobs were plentiful but technology is devastating the job market. It is turning out that logical thinking brain power is more important than physical power and just the ability to speak a language fluently.

In Greece in 2015 the unemployment rate is 25% for adults and 50% for young adults. The educational system is a colossal failure and the traditional liberal arts education is turning out unskilled workers for the 21st century. Either students are not being taught right or the average worker is no longer capable of keeping up with the skill set necessary for permanent employment. Many entry level jobs are jobs which teenagers can do and are frankly insults to the intelligence of the average adult human.

It seems obvious that there is no long term solution to the problem which will just get worse with time. We will have to design a welfare system to take care of the unemployed and at the same time give them the opportunity of free online education in a technological field for those willing to put in the time, effort, and achievement to learn useful mental skills for the job market.

The whole concept of a classless society will have to be reassessed and I feel that the future will basically have two classes of citizens. The employed and the unemployed on welfare will be the two distinct classes and discrimination or different political rights will depend on which class that you are in.

To keep the welfare class from enslaving the working class with luxurious demands their voting privileges may have to be reduced so that they have less political power than the working class. The incentive to work and train for work must not disappear and it makes sense that the unemployed class should have a lower standard of living than the working class.

How do you become a member of the working class? You study hard and learn useful mental skills and through personal effort eventually qualify for a useful job and then regain full voting rights in society.

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16 TRUTHS ABOUT EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE

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There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.

The sad fact is that public schools are neither teaching us how to make a good living nor are they teaching us how to live a morally successful life in the 21st technological century. Most relatively trivial liberal arts pursuits are just mostly an inefficient waste of human time, effort, and money and leave many unprepared for the new real world.

 

There are six honest serving men and women. They can teach you all you need to know. Their names are-Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How.

If you want to educate yourself on any subject imaginable, find answers to these questions and you will be able to discover and learn the useful knowledge yourself.

 

A man or woman can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.

Of course you can also learn by trial and error but this is a very stupid and inefficient way to learn.

 

Practice frequently makes perfect.

Practice frequently makes an acceptable performance which is not necessarily perfect. It is frequently a fact that much practicing of a skill must occur before mastery is achieved. This applies to game skills, job skills, and knowledge skills.

Playing a musical instrument is an example where you get better and better at playing with more and more practice but you seldom get perfect results.

Perfection is the domain of robots who can repeat something perfectly every time.  People may try to be perfectionists but very many are not perfect and make many mistakes along the way.

Practice does not always make perfect.

 

Repetition is the best way to learn

This of course is not true if you almost have a photographic memory.

 

Everyone makes mistakes.

This is true all the time since humans are imperfect creatures and not robots.  What makes for a difference between something good and bad is how many mistakes are made in doing something.  The more mistakes that you make, the worse is your performance at some task.

 

If you don’t control your mind, someone else will.

This is true in most cases. If you don’t have strong personal beliefs or personal ways of looking at and thinking about events, opinions, facts, and people then you will meet plenty of people who are trying to impose their beliefs and propaganda on you.

Businesses through advertising are always thinking up ways of getting you to buy their product or service. Media commentators and writers would like nothing better than to convince you that their viewpoints are the correct ones to have.

Almost everyone would like you to believe what they believe in.

 

A little knowledge can go a long way

A little knowledge, especially if it is a true general principle, can be applied over and over again in many areas of life.

Be friendly towards people and it will increase the likelihood that they will be friendly towards you.  This is a little knowledge that can go a long way towards improving your relationships with other people throughout a lifetime.

Treat others the way that you would wish to be treated is also a little knowledge that is useful throughout a lifetime.

Abstraction is a type of decadence

To the extent that abstraction departs from reality and nature, that is the extent to which it can be considered to be decadent. Nowhere is this more evident than in abstract painting where all natural beauty and reason is absent and all that is left is a gross mutant product or creativity running into a dead end.

Even the best writer has to erase

This just means that even perfectionists make some mistakes.

Experience is the best teacher.

Doing something physically is frequently a better teacher than learning how to do it in your head. The truth is that the mind and body have to be coordinated to get the best learning results. Learning only through experience can sometimes be a long and arduous process since there might be too much trial and error learning going on. Experience learning can frequently be speeded up and improved with some book or internet learning too.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

It is dangerous only if you assume that by acquiring a little knowledge about something you automatically assume that you know all that there is about that something. Knowing how to use the accelerator and brakes does not automatically mean that you are a good driver and if you assume that you are, it can be very dangerous.

Elaboration is a form of pollution

Elaboration is an embellishment of the facts which frequently results in rather boring and time consuming rhetoric which can indeed be considered a form of pollution which wastes time, energy, and sometimes money.

Knowledge is power.

Knowledge in the right fields can be powerful and land you a good job. Knowledge in fields such as the arts, philosophy, history and the humanities may leave you with bad job skills that are useful almost nowhere and this can not be considered to be powerful knowledge.

Knowing yourself lets you understand others

This is true to some extent because knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you to identify those same strengths and weaknesses in others. It will not be a complete understanding of others but at least it is a start.

 

Knowledge should be advanced at all costs

Scientific knowledge should be advanced at all costs but liberal arts education is so subjective and peppered with so much false and very subjective opinions that most of it is not worth advancing.

Liberal arts education should be promoted by private institutions of learning and not the government.

Secular morality should be advanced at all costs and in a nutshell that means in non-emergency situations don’t destroy biodiversity, don’t lie, don’t be inefficient, don’t steal, don’t commit adultery if married, and don’t murder.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT CREATIVITY

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Creativity: n. forming an original concept in the mind and/or to cause a subset(s) to exist which didn’t exist before in time

From this definition of creativity it means that you have to make a new or original idea or thing which didn’t exist before in time. Many of us think that we are being creative by just rearranging old ideas and making “new” creations by rearranging shapes, sizes, colors, and materials.

This is a very simple kind of static creativity because we are really not inventing anything truly new or original which hasn’t existed before but merely changing and/or rearranging the parts.

True creativity is inventing something new by synthesizing parts which never functioned together before and making them function together more efficiently in a truly original and useful new way.

Technological inventions are examples of true frequently desirable efficient creativity. Food, fashion, music, and literary creativity is frequently overrated very subjective inefficient creativity which frequently has minimal real value in the world for the common human.

If you want to be technologically creative then you have to understand efficiency which frequently means creating something smaller, faster, and more efficient from an energy usage point of view.

If you want to be creative in the liberal arts world then all that you have to do is to change and/or rearrange shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. In literature you have to change and/or rearrange topics or idea sequences and in music composition you have to change and/or rearrange cords and musical notes. You will basically be changing by adding and/or subtracting shapes, sizes, colors, cords, notes, topics, words, sentences, etc. The examples which you will be adding to and/or subtracting from will be original works of art so you will have to gain much knowledge about historical artwork which you can then proceed to change and/or rearrange.

In the liberal arts fields you should try to find the “best” subjective examples of historical artwork, learn from them and then proceed to change and/or rearrange them to create what you think are better examples of some very subjective artwork with your personal biases.

If you want to remain creative then find more excellent historical examples of creativity in your field of interest and then proceed to change and/or rearrange them.

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