woensdag 9 december 2009


Less and Less Masters and Doctors???

We used to think that education, college and university degrees would be a way to a better job, a better life and a better future.
We even created a whole industry that marketed this need.
Higher education schools became money making machines by literally selling this above idea and towing in youngsters as students with their carrot of future promises.

It worked. For many years parents aimed to save money to send kids to college, then when the financial situations changed and the education industry became more demanding, parents did not save for their kids' college but their own pension! Kids had to take student loans to pay their tuition and later when they had the good, better, excellent job this tuition was meant to guarantee them with, they could pay back their student loans and still enjoy the better life and better future that were promised in the first place...

But not for long. Money making is a very delicate thing. You have to make the money while someone is losing their money! Money is not made out of thin air. It simply changes hands, changes value, changes lives.

While someone somewhere is making more and more of it, someone, somewhere is losing more and more of it, through loans, through devaluation, through increased costs of life, etc. Money making is not a fair deal. It seems fair to the one who is making the money, but the coin has yet another side. The one who loses the money does not feel it is fair at all.

This is now happening with the education industry. The promise, the carrot still holds, many if not most of us believe that education is the path, if not the only but surely the best path to a better job, a better life and a better future. Here I need to explain that as better life and future we commonly understand more income, better financial position and of course better social position. The more the letter behind ones name the more social respect the can enjoy! The title "Doctor" whether of medicine with the MD after the Dr, or of anything else is a well respected and well sought after title. It also shows a certain financial position.

To begin with behind the Dr. title there is a huge amount of money that went towards attaining that title. Tuition fees, and books and material costs that reach sky high, living expenses of the student, transportation, all in all we are looking at amounts that reach $30.000,00 and more depending of course of the school one attended. If it was one of the ivory league schools like Yale (my brother did his MA there and my mother knows how sky high his tuition fees were, cause she worked very hard to pay most of his costs...) we are looking at double or triple that amount, if not more...

The education industry to sustain itself, need to reel more and more willing students to pay the fee, lose their money so that the industry can make theirs! One gives (loses) the other takes (makes). Simple formula.

For many years as I said, this formula worked. The students made some money, too. They received a degree that opened many doors for them to a better life and a better future. These doors are now closing, and soon they will be shut and bolted from within! The ones who managed to have a better life and a better future do not want to share this better life and better future with the bigger and bigger masses of college students who have gone deep into dept to also have a better life and better future.

These doors are closing as society is making sure less and less from these masses reach the top of the ladder, whether that is the financial ladder of the social status one. Privileges come with a cost. One has to be become inhuman to be able to hold on to, protect and prevent that others lower the standards of the privileges one holds. privileges is very much like money.
It can change hands and it can become devalued. Those who have the privileges can also change, they can become selfish and self-centered as they refuse to share their position at the top of the ladder with the growing amount of college and university students that wants to be part of the promised better life and better future!

What happens then is a well fabricated financial crisis. All at the bottom of the ladder and the ones climbing the ladder, lose, so that the ones already at the top of the ladder can either hold on to that top and privileges, or make these privileges worth even more. They lengthen the distance between them and the masses.

This works, too. All of these are social tricks that have been used for ages and ages in every society so that the oligarchy, the few with the privileges could keep the masses out and away far from any reach of these privileges. If anyone thinks we are living in democratic societies is gravely unrealistic. There is NO DEMOCRACY, what we are told that is democracy is a game that the oligarchy has us play, we hold elections, we go vote, we think we have the power of decisions, and all that crap.

Nope. This game works, too. Like all games we are made to play as the immature idiots we are and do not get top grow up and stop from playing their games with their rules made for them to win and us to lose!

Then comes Autism! See, you were wondering how the heck all this is going to link to Autism...

Autism is the ability of the human being to see these games and refuse to play them. They call that a disorder, since all the rest of the normal human being do play the game and do not cause trouble and resistance in obeying this simple rule. Autistics do not like obeying rules, as simple as they may be, which do not sound fair. And the game we are all forced to play is NOTHING like fair. As I said before it is fair only for the ones on the winning end, and they never lose.

So, we have two choices. To accept the fact that the game is unfair, and stop using the idiotic cliche "life is unfair" because LIFE is NOT UNFAIR! We make life and living unfair because we have established a "money making-privileges holding-top of the ladder" maintaining game!

This happens of course when the ladder is vertical and there is a top and a bottom! Once this ladder is turned by 90 degrees and becomes horizontal, by magic the top and bottom disappear and we all become equal and the game becomes fair as it should be. This is what we Autistic know. That the wheel of fortune turns, and when it is not fair fair today, it can be fair the next.

This is a simple rule of gravity and a law of nature: All turns, all flows, παν ρέει!

This simple rule of Nature, we humans with our societies and laws and privilege holding have influenced and altered. We have made the game of life unfair for all, except the privileged few who make the rules as they please. The rest just live day by day unnoticing how bit by bit we lose any and every chance to ever reaching the promised better life and better future, the proverbial carrot in front of out noses...

The Job Market: Is a College Degree Worth Less?

Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009

Employers and career experts see a growing problem in American society — an abundance of college graduates, many burdened with tuition-loan debt, heading into the work world with a degree that doesn't mean much anymore.

The problem isn't just a soft job market — it's an oversupply of graduates. In 1973, a bachelor's degree was more of a rarity, since just 47% of high school graduates went on to college. By October 2008, that number had risen to nearly 70%. For many Americans today, a trip through college is considered as much of a birthright as a driver's license.

Marty Nemko, a career and education expert who has taught at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, contends that the overflow in degree holders is the result of many weaker students attending colleges when other options may have served them better. "There is tremendous pressure to push kids through," he says, adding that as a result, too many students who aren't skilled become degree holders, promoting a perception among employers that higher education doesn't work. "That piece of paper no longer means very much, and employers know that," says Nemko. "Everybody's got it, so it's watered down."

What's not watered down is the tab. The cost of average tuition rose 6.5% this fall, and a report released on Dec. 1 by the Project on Student Debt showed that the IOU is getting bigger. Two-thirds of all students now leave college with outstanding loans; the average amount of debt rose to $23,200 in 2008. In the last academic year, the total amount loaned to students increased about 18% from the previous year, to $81 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for recent grads rose as well. It is now 10.6%, a record high. The devaluation of a college degree is no secret on campus. An annual survey by the Higher Education Research Institute has long asked freshmen what they think their highest academic degree will be.
In 1972, 38% of respondents said a bachelor's degree, but in 2008 only 22% answered the same. The number of freshmen planning to get a master's degree rose from 31% in 1972 to 42% in 2008. Says John Pryor, the institute's director: "Years ago, the bachelor's degree was the key to getting better jobs. Now you really need more than that."

Employers stress that a basic degree remains essential, carefully tiptoeing around the idea that its value has plummeted. But they admit that the degree alone is not the ace it once was; now they emphasize work experience as a way to make yourself stand out. Dan Black, director of campus recruiting in the Americas for Ernst & Young, and his team will hire more than 4,000 people this year out of 20,000 applicants. There are a lot of things besides a degree "that will help differentiate how much attention you get," says the veteran hirer, who has been screening graduates for 15 years.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car hiring guru Marie Artim, who says her company will hire 8,000 of 200,000 applicants worldwide, has found that her applicant pool is changing. "While 10 years ago we may have had the same numbers, today we have higher-quality and better-qualified applicants," she says.

So what does it take to impress recruiters today? Daniel Pink, an author on motivation in the workplace, agrees that the bachelor's degree "is necessary, but it's just not sufficient," at times doing little more than verifying "that you can more or less show up on time and stick with it." The author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future says companies want more. They're looking for people who can do jobs that can't be outsourced, he says, and graduates who "don't require a lot of hand-holding."

Left-brain abilities that used to guarantee jobs have become easy to automate, while right-brain abilities are harder to find — "design, seeing the big picture, connecting the dots," Pink says. He cites cognitive skills and self-direction as the types of things companies look for in job candidates. "People have to be able to do stuff that's hard to outsource," he says. "It used to be for blue collar; it's now for white collar too."

For now, graduates can steer their careers where job growth is strong — education, health care and nonprofit programs like Teach for America, says Trudy Steinfeld, a career counselor at New York University. "Every college degree is not cookie cutter. It's what you have done during that degree to distinguish yourself.

woensdag 2 december 2009


It used to be "In God we Trust"...

Now, as we have shifted our hope for eternal life (it used to be eternal life in Paradise) we have knelled in front of Science in the hope that as we used to receive a piece of bread for communion, we will now receive a magic pill for eternal health, well-being, longevity, and if possible eternal youth!

We have come to also believe that as long as we have enough money, we will be able to afford anything that Science will come up with to prolong our good health, our sexual function, our ability to be an active (and important) part of Society, and to be able to offer all of the above to our children and grandchildren...

We have become so dependant on everything the sell us, that promises to bring us a step closer to this dream of eternal youth, health and life, that we have lost all measure, all grip on reality.

We have allowed ourselves to blinded, to be brainwashed and to be stuffed of lies.

We have lost the Truth.

We have lost the Truth because we do not want to know the Truth. The truth is that we are all mortal, we are all subject to illnesses, pain, sorrow, and of course... Death!!!

We have veer so far from the truth, following the proverbial carrot that Science has placed in front of our noses, that we have no clue anymore to where it is that we are going.

We are so lost in the darkness of the valley of Death that we have grabbed that carrot with all available hands, are holding on to it so tight drenched in terror that nothing else exists any more.

We have lost the Truth. The Truth is the light that guided our soul, told us that all the difficulties we face have a reason, and the reason was and still is, to make us stronger, and by stronger it means to allow us to understand the stuff that we are made of. We are made of hope and courage, we are made of freedom and justice, we are made of compassion and love, we are made to be both children and parents, experiencing the "coin" of being from both sides. The side of receiving as a child and the side of giving as an adult and parent.

We have become worthless human beings. We have sold our souls to Science, expecting Science to give us all that we want and need, more or less like an infant expects its parents to fulfill all its needs and wants. The more we stay stuck with the carrot, the more we focus on the carrot, the more we loose the ability to grow up and mature and complete and enlightened human beings.

We remain instead stuck into the material existence, which has been now taken by Science. Science told us that we are mater, we are skin and bones, we are organs, we are nerves and blood, we are genes and DNA, we are ill because something is broken and can be fixed with an operation, a medication, a treatment, a therapy.

Science did not acknowledge the fact that we also have a soul. A part that is beyond the material, the visible that could be fixed and cured with the scientific advances of our time and time to come...

Science did not hesitate. This one part of us, the soul, was expressed in many different ways. It was expressed in our hopes and dreams, and fears. It was expressed in our thoughts, through philosophy, through literature, through music and art. It was also expressed in our behavior.

Since Science could not manipulate the soul, it set out to manipulate all expressions of the soul.
Our thoughts can now be manipulated, our fears can now be manipulated, even our desires (sexual mostly) or existential. Our expression through art can be manipulated. All of our behavior can be manipulated.

Science used Psychology to dig into our very soul and manipulate us. Psychology and Psychiatry set up a trap for us. Not many of us could see it coming cause we were told it was for our own good, our well-being. If Science through Psychology could know what makes us tick, Science would make sure to give us all we need so we can tick and tick and tick happily ever after.

That is what we were told! That is also how Psychology became part of Science. It began experimenting. It began experimenting on us! Yes, back in the early 50's and 60's most Psychological research was done either using human objects, or monkeys who were thought to have behavior that resembled the behavior of humans especially in the early stages of development! Yes, human babies and monkey babies are very similar when it comes to behavior as they have the same primary needs and they have DNA that is about 98% the same.

Thanks to these experiments, we discovered many hidden until back then aspects to our soul and mind and behavior. We began realizing that we have patterns of behavior, that we have actions and reactions, that we can be made to like or dislike something without any particular reason. Facts about our inner, psychological workings began surfacing. The human psyche was not a mystery any more!

The uncharted waters of our complex behaviors were now being well charted, well recorded and well understood. Science began dwelling more and more in the inner workings of our mind. It also began labeling what they found as normal and of course abnormal! Science loves labels. So Psychology as a part of Science had to follow the same habits. It also began labeling our behavior as normal and abnormal.

New disorders began to surface. Yes, the deep waters of the mind, of our soul had many turbulent areas, many Bermuda triangles, many twists and turns. It was a new frenzy! tell me who you are and I will tell you all the mental disorders you could have!

You will wonder what purpose did this all serve. Well, the purpose of curing us from all that could endanger our eternal youth, well-being, and life! The DSM was born!!! The DSM is a manual of all possible causes of Death. All possible causes, everything. And when I say everything, let me remind you that once homosexuality was part of this DSM!

Now it is Autism. Autism is also part of the DSM. Autism is a health risk. A mental health risk. Autism is abnormal and everything abnormal can lead to Death. This is how Science thinks. In very much black and white. Labeling is also very black and white. There is nothing gray about labeling. You either fit the label or you do not.

That is why Science needs to make sure it places the right label on the right disorder. if they place the wrong label then it will cause the whole system to crash. Science needs diagnoses, and it needs diagnostic tools. It needs to find a way to look into our bodies and souls and pinpoint what is wrong.

What could it be wrong? I mean, aren't we made in the perfect image of God? Is there something wrong with God? Then how can there something be wrong with us???

Aren't we meant to be all as different as possible and yet share one common thing: our soul, God's own being in us?

We were meant to experience different things in the way of illness, of pain, of suffering, of loss. We were meant to experience these so we could understand them. We were also meant to be able to see different aspects of the same thing, so when we combined them we could see the Wholeness of God and the Cosmos around us.

Science made us forget all that. It showed us that we all had to be the same, or be abnormal.
Escaping from the normal range of things means greater chances to encounter death. Isn't that also the rule of Nature???

Every animal that is less normal than the rest of the herd, will be easily spotted by predators and hunted down for food. Humans are part of the food chain. We have been part of the food chain all along, ever since we existed on this planet, but Science has made sure we forgot that, too. We now think we are at the top of the food chain. We are not. There are many creatures that can use us as their food. Bacteria, Viruses, besides lions and tigers and bears... Yes, we are not at the top of the food chain. H1N1 has reminded us of this fact.

But where do we go from here?

It is more than obvious that Science, from the savior that it was meant to be -and we have fed this monster billions and billions or dollars- it has now become even more greedy. Dollars are not enough. It is hungry for flesh. It must keep on experimenting, it must keep on showing results, it must keep on advancing, it must keep on digging deeper and deeper, it must keep on with all these practices or it will fall apart and deteriorate. It must show that there is a REASON for its existence!

It has become an all consuming money-making, result producing (whether these results are real or not it is not important any more, for as long as there are results available, that can be manipulated to look trustworthy enough), human guinea pig abusing, all powerful and respected machine!

Science has become a snowball that turned into an avalanche, destroying the same thing it was created to help and protect. It has fallen into the trap of money-making hedonism and has forgotten the Hippocrates oath.

Science is now the biggest abnormality, and it definitely deserves a place in the DSM along with everything else that it has labelled and placed in there. Everything else that is actually the basis of the very fabric of life...