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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Sounds about right.


    I've always felt contempt and rolled my eyes at these high-school graduation speeches where some blowhard goes on about "you are the future, the world is in your hands" and all this crap that makes the grads feel like the whole world is holding its breath, waiting for a bunch of 18 year-olds to charge out and take control of everything.


    The fact is the world doesn't give a crap about you. 18yo high-school grads are NOT about to go out and take over; they're going to get mostly menial and low-paying entry level jobs (either now or in a few years when they finish college) where the supervisors and managers don't give a flying crap about their drama or what "bold new ideas" some zero-experience wet-behind-the-ears kid has.

    For roughly 99.9999% of humanity, you don't change the world; the world changes you, or crushes you if you won't adapt to it or else get out of the way.

    Those kind of speeches I think raise the expectations of HS grads to unreasonable levels in some cases. One of the problems we get with hiring fresh-out-of-school youngsters is they often think the world is supposed to be handed to them on a platter, RIGHT NOW, in return for just showing up and barely trying.

    It ain't so. You start at the bottom and if you want to even KEEP your job you bust ass every day, even if your paycheck sucks and your boss is a jerk and you hate your job.... because you have to pay those bills. That's reality.
    It's good think people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg didn't listen to Debbie Downer nonsense like this. I'd argue that one of the reasons a lot of people stay average and don't reach their potential is because they have the mentality that you are espousing here. I imagine one of the main differences between the Average Joe and influential individuals is that the former group thinks your way about themselves and the latter thinks much more.

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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Well that goes right back to the ail that plagues society; viewing children as a mere inconvenience and nothing worth all the time and energy it takes to have and raise them. . . just a nuisance - nothing more . . . worthless and wasted.

    Seh made it sound like all these kids had life handed ot them on a golden platter - as if we'er all the 1% with silver spoons and golden rattles.

    People don't have to believe they're unique; but at least they can be treated better than trash, yes?
    Yes, and we have to wonder just how many of those graduates had been treated better than trash.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Yes, and we have to wonder just how many of those graduates had been treated better than trash.
    Hopefully most haven't - honestl y . . . what's worse; being loved and treated well - or being hated and treated like crap?
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Hopefully most haven't - honestl y . . . what's worse; being loved and treated well - or being hated and treated like crap?
    Um.. you have to ask?

    I'd be willing to bet that quite a few of them have, if not by parents then by peers. It's a testament to their strength that they made it to graduation at all.
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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    I somehow think that liberal/progressives will scoff at this notion that natural selection exists in a world where they believe that the game is rigged by whom you know, rather than what you know.


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    Re: High school teacher tells graduating students: you’re not special

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Sounds about right.


    I've always felt contempt and rolled my eyes at these high-school graduation speeches where some blowhard goes on about "you are the future, the world is in your hands" and all this crap that makes the grads feel like the whole world is holding its breath, waiting for a bunch of 18 year-olds to charge out and take control of everything.


    The fact is the world doesn't give a crap about you. 18yo high-school grads are NOT about to go out and take over; they're going to get mostly menial and low-paying entry level jobs (either now or in a few years when they finish college) where the supervisors and managers don't give a flying crap about their drama or what "bold new ideas" some zero-experience wet-behind-the-ears kid has.

    For roughly 99.9999% of humanity, you don't change the world; the world changes you, or crushes you if you won't adapt to it or else get out of the way.

    Those kind of speeches I think raise the expectations of HS grads to unreasonable levels in some cases. One of the problems we get with hiring fresh-out-of-school youngsters is they often think the world is supposed to be handed to them on a platter, RIGHT NOW, in return for just showing up and barely trying.

    It ain't so. You start at the bottom and if you want to even KEEP your job you bust ass every day, even if your paycheck sucks and your boss is a jerk and you hate your job.... because you have to pay those bills. That's reality.
    The first time I heard these words from a boss was when I started my first business. I have never looked back...

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