Three years before anyone deemed it necessary to Occupy places, Joe Sherlock had already anticipated much of the turmoil:
- College was a good idea until everyone started matriculating. Universities have dumbed-down their educational programs (“Don’t Flunk The Customer!”) to the point where a sheepskin is meaningless. Too many college grads are morons. Employers know this and discount the value of a degree to the point where the cost of a BA even from a low-cost state institution will often never pay off.
- People in skilled trades electricians, plumbers, cabinetmakers, machinists, etc. now make far better wages than most college grads.
- Most of the unhappy people I’ve met are college graduates. My theory is that they were fed high expectations at the university (You’re special!) which have been largely unmet in the workplace. (No, you’re not.)
- I’ve met very few depressed carpenters. Why? Because there is something especially fulfilling about creating with your hands. Something physical more than just a CAD rendering. Getting paid good money for it helps with that happiness thing someone ‘values’ your accomplishment.
- While most cars, toasters and other appliances can no longer be repaired at home, there are still opportunities for manual creativity, whether it be modification of ordinary devices, making furniture or building a model train layout.
Handmade protest signs, unless they’re really good, don’t count.