This is one of the greatest pieces of wisdom I have seen lately.
Why is it so hard for millennials NOT to go to college?
With college tuition being literally unaffordable, stories after stories about the plight of un/underemployed college graduates, horror stories of the same with crippling student loans, and it no longer being a secret that college is a bubble, why is it so hard for 18 year olds to say, "screw this, I'm going home?"
Its a big question, given that even an engineering degree doesn't necessarily get you a job these days. Why are people still forking over the price of a detached suburban house for a -worthless- degree?
So what possible consumer good exists, that people can't afford, will go into debt for, that doesn't offer anything of tangible financial value afterwards, and has this societal push, borderline obssession to buy it regardless?
Then it hit me.
Weddings are the identical twin sibling of college.
The reason why can be summarized in one simple phrase:
"It's my day."
However, whereas "my day" is the exclusive preserve of women on their wedding day, there is a similar sense of entitlement to having "my day" FOR BOTH SEXES when it comes to college. And the reason why is that college is NOT sold to young kids today as the education it was supposed to be, but the "college experience" it is has successfully and falsely been propagated and inflated to what it is now (an industry that is more than TEN TIMES THE SIZE OF THE WEDDING INDUSTRY).
That makes perfect sense. Here's the killer part:
To have this birthright, to have this entitlement, nobody cares about logic, reason, evidence, finances, or math. College, just like "her day," is worth any price because up to this point in these kids' lives, we as a society have given them nothing else to live for. We get divorced, we mock nuclear families, we value things over friends, we cripple the economy, we load up on debt, we hate our own country, we criminalize success - precisely, what do these kids have to look forward to after they graduate from college? As far as they're concerned life is over at 22 and then they lead the lives you do, which, sadly, for the most part is pretty pathetic in their eyes. Worse, you've made their childhoods so painful with the craptastic public
prisonsschools, any childlike idealism or hope has been squash and the only light at the end of that tunnel is college. The price of tuition could go up another 300%, it won't matter, they'll still pay it because these kids have nothing else to live for.
That, my friends, is wisdom. Read the whole thing.