Is It Bad For Society That A Career Without A College Degree Pays So Much Less Today Than It Did 40 Years Ago?

An innocent questioner (writing apparently for Fatherly, The Huffington Post, Slate, Forbes, Time, Sporting News, Inc, Fortune, LockerDome, Thought Catalog, Quartz, and Lifehacker) poses the inverse question to the injustice insinuated by statistics from a chart, pictured here, provided by The Economist.

Blissfully unaware that correlation does not yield causation, and consequence does not infer produce cause. Ignorance of nature’s law that will create a lot of fodder and page-views, and a cheap amplification of manmade depravity of reason to boot. I go out on a limb to gently set the questioner straight with my answer.

To answer the question posed adequately, one must first answer the following:

  • what constitutes a healthy society,
  • do “careers” contribute to society,
  • does less schooling negatively impact one’s education,
  • does being a non-conformist contribute less to society,
  • does schooling as we know it today bring more value to society,
  • is money the only and proper denomination of merit to society?

An essay can be written about each of the above. For the sake of our collective sanity and time I will leave the question with a saying I like:

Not everything that can be counted can be counted on.


The sign of an intelligent nation is its willingness and ability to reinvent itself, upstream. Let’s inspire the world with new rigors of excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.

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