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Re: Fair selection

Posted by alexandra_k on March 6, 2020, at 13:42:59

In reply to Re: Fair selection, posted by alexandra_k on March 6, 2020, at 13:34:41

Because you see, every now and then.

There was a news story. I don't remember what University. Some guy was 40 and then went to Medical School. After running his own orchard or something.

I suppose the situation, really, was he was rich. Or maybe his parents were Doctors. Or who the f*ck knows.

Point is he got to do Medical School.

And he actually didn't stand out overly much.

It is supposed to be impolite to ask people their age.

But you have to be fairly wealthy for people to treat you with any kind of politeness at all.

It is very very very very common here for people to ask you your age over and over and over and over and over. From the phone company to the bank to everything everything everything at all. All trying to tell you the trajectory your life is supposed to take. The milestones you are supposed to achieve and do. When you are supposed to marry. Have kids. Whether you are investing in short term savings or longer term savings. When it's time to take out a second mortgage on that rental property that will support you in your retirement...

Anway, he got to do Medical School. He's fit and healthy and cognitively active. He doesn't stand out as being all that much older.

(But that's a land of Medical Graduate Students rather than here, a land of Medical Teenagers where the majority of people selected to study Medicine are 19).

And then he got residency for Plastics someplace in California.

And... Why not?

What's the f*ck*ng problem?

People thinking that it's their kids birthright.

That's the problem.

Our attitude towards people (me) as disposable.

That's the problem.

Our relentless desire to force people to do things they don't want to do.

Because we are too stupid. Because we become invested in things being a certain way. Our stupid economists make predictions about things. About what jobs they want people to do and so on and so forth on the basis of predictions they make about things like when people will get married and about how many kids they wlil have.




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