In the conventional mindset, it’s security, not freedom, that’s the overriding goal. The irony is that the security for which we sacrifice our freedom doesn’t even exist, as anyone who’s lost his or her job in an economic downturn can attest.
Most workers feel their life is put on hold. They have to work, which leaves them no freedom to do what they really want to do (or so they think). When you work a 9 to 5 job, you’re at the mercy of your employer, who orchestrates how you spend your eight+ hours each day. You can be fired any time.
The average savings rate is around 4 percent. The average American on average will generate about $2 million over a lifetime. Most, if not all, of this money falls prey to the traps of consumerism. The world’s richest sixty-two people now have more wealth than the poorest 3.6 billion combined—or half the planet.
We live in an aquarium of ignorance. It’s systemic and for the most part we were indoctrinated into the academic system, which is devoid of any financial literacy. We have been willing participants and have never challenged the status quo. Academia was a factory assembly plant for the sole purpose of producing taxpayers and providing an apprenticeship path to a job.
At what point did we lose control of ourselves? We sold ourselves into a fast food system of academic teachings, graduating with a strict No Refund Policy, not a freedom lifestyle education.
I continue to explore this in my next post. In the meantime, what is your thinking on what you do to earn a living? Do you feel trapped? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for sharing.
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