Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Taboo

I'm back to rant and rave folks. please bare with me.
So I was watching one of my favorite shows today "EveryBody Loves Raymond" and it was an episode where Robert, one of the main characters finds out he was born out of wedlock. In the episode he was devastated to find out, and it instantly triggered the question in my head: "Why?" It reminded me that my little brother, more than half of the people that I know including myself were born out of wedlock. is that really all that bad?

It didn't end there though I began thinking of other Taboos, like tattoos, and lack of college degrees, I was left wondering, "Why do we care so much about what people may say about us, about how society may view us? Why do we follow unwritten rules who have little to no consequence if and when broken?"

Let's start lightly with:

Tattoos-

Most of the older narrow minded people in my family look at my tattoos and automatically think negative. Often they ask me: "how you gonna go back to Honduras? They are gonna think you are a gang member, they'll kill you"
So it reminds me of the stigma that Tattoos are indications that he who wears them is a criminal or a dangerous person. I suppose its not professional and is only seen in a negative light. Well to all those people I say look at this Doctor and this Lawyer who are featured on a site trying to bring forth a more positive reputation to Tattoos and those who wear them. Now as for it being something for criminals I highly disagree because a crime is not defined by a persons physical appearance. I.E. I'm willing to bet that Bernie Madoff has not one tattoo on all his body but by definition he is a criminal and is serving a sentence in prison given to him by OUR justice system. Am I right or am I right? You see I personally feel that a tattoo is nothing more than a great piece of expression by both the person who applied it and the person who wears it. It is a production of something beautiful and extraordinary, in other words it is ART.

College Degree-
Imma try to get straight to the point with this one cause I could literally go on for days on this topic. Let's start with the fact that 60% of college grads end up working in a field other than the one that they studied and got a degree in... Are you effin serious? More than half of em go off and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to receive that lil piece of paper that tells employers "the person before you WENT to school" and the even they don't hire the former student? Git the eff outta here. and notice I said "WENT" to school because that's all a diploma tells you, that a person went to school, who knows if they learned anything.
My second point, many college grads that I know lack common sense and or fail to think logically about things despite how simple those things are.
Aside from all that judging from what I've grown to see: Most of the people who are successful in our society are not educated passed High School, some don't even make it that far. Example you ask? My favorite rapper of all time Jay-Z he didn't go to college, and look how well he turned out, a favorite amongst the masses and a wealthy business man richer than any Doctor I can think of. I'm sure your thinking: "How typical that this ngga would mention a rapper" and your probably right but it doesnt end with Mr. Jay-Z, what about Bill Gates? As you may or may not know he didn't go to college either, and I'm well aware we all know how filthy stinking rich he is. I mean without Bill Gates I could not be publishing this very collection of words to you, who is reading it somewhere in a completely different location on our planet.

Please don't misunderstand my state of mind or my words. I'm all for education and feel a mind is a terrible thing to waste, I just feel that school is not the answer to EVERYTHING. I feel most college grads were brainwashed to believe that they HAD to go to college and get a degree so that they can get a great job and live well. You want proof that its all BS? Fine, tell whoever is asking for your student loans "Oh but I got my Diploma, is my earned and well deserved education not payment enough for you?" See if they don't laugh in your face and send you to collections. You see if the purpose of "getting my education" is to learn to be a Doctor who save lives, only to make $80,000 a year, then I'd rather save the time, money, and energy that it takes to do so, pick up a microphone and try my luck at being a rapper who makes well over $80,000 in just one night. Call me ignorant if you want but you know deep down you don't want to be up til 4am writing a paper that a professor doesn't truly care about. But I'm done with this topic.

I say all that to say this: "Life is what you make it, you don't HAVE to go to college if you don't want to, but at least if your going to do it, do it for yourself, not to make anyone else happy and not because you've been brainwashed to believe that it will solve any of your problems. ESPECIALLY the financial problems.

Don't be so weak to fall for society's un written rules, what one says about you doesn't make you stronger, weaker, taller, shorter, smarter, dumber, richer or poorer than what you already are. The people who follow these rules are the people who are scared to be who they are, those who have been led to believe that the way society says things should be is the standard that they have to live up to. Don't fear being seen in a different light, we weren't put on this Earth to all be the same person. If you want tattoos, cover your body in them, or just have one!

DO WHAT YOU LIKE, RAISE A MIDDLE FINGER TO SOCIETY AND BE WHO YOU ARE, BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE"

With that said, go out and Challenge the norm, and please
Stay up and Stay Tuned!

1 comment:

Jemeka said...

Last paragraph is great..I'm quoting you in a status..