Jan 17, 2018
Jun 8, 2017
In a real sense it does. Most of the makework and nonsense of school is not present. The endless chores and makework at home is not present when you move out. There’s a satisfaction about earning one’s own living and making decisions that produce good results. You do things like maintenance or cleaning because they are necessary, not because someone else wants it done and doesn’t want to be bothered with it themselves. When you stop having to do the things that produce nothing of value, it’s freeing..I absolutely hated high school because most days each teacher would assign a couple of hours of homework and there simply weren’t enough hours to do it. And so it was a triage of which to get done and which to not get done. I know that approach frustrated some teachers but they never seemed to grasp the idea that there were only 24 hours in the day. Wasn’t going to stay up to 3 am just because high school teacher wanted to justify her/his job by assigning a lot of makework that was garbage then and garbage now. When I got to college and started duplicating coursework done in high school, I realized I should have gotten my GED at 16 and went immediately to community college. Two years less of pointless nonsense to deal with that way..When I graduated OIT, I suddenly had a lot of free time outside of work, despite working a 40 hour a week job. Each day suddenly wasn’t filled with endless work of one kind or another..We fill our kids’s lives with makework that will not teach them reading, writing, basic math skills, and so on. Makework is exactly that— it’s of little or no value except to prove to parents that the kids have homework. Chores that are necessary are good things. Chores just because the parent is lazy are not. Chores just to keep the kids busy is downright stupid because kids need downtime like adults do. Something either needs to be done or not. There is no value in continuing a task long after its completed..One of the hardest lessons and most useful lessons I learned in engineering was when something was good enough. If something is 99.9% good and will do the job right, there’s no point in multiplying the cost 1000% to making it 99,999% perfect. It becomes a pain in the behind and you don’t actually get something that is better in practical terms when it’s used because perfection is impossible.