So while driving home I thought, what kind of post I should write. It’s been quite a while since I have written anything despite so much happening in the world. After looking at my experiences these past few months I finally found something I think is worth exploring.
More recently, I have been taking a deeper dive into alternative economic systems, monetary policy, and other political systems. I have my fair share of podcasts from numerous sources all talking about capitalism, socialism, and communism and how each one is more horrible than the next. As I thought back to my college experience, I have wondered by it is that there was little discussion of Marx. There was little discussion of what fractional reserve banking is. There was little discussion about life prior to fractional reserve banking and the issues that came of it. The more I thought back, the more I realized how much I didn’t learn. Likewise, I realized even more that was never taught or discussed because in a civilized world discussion of alternate theories of economics are frowned on. Capitalism is the only theory. It’s the best theory. Ultimately, all other theories are evil. Yes, those last four sentences were meant to be slightly sarcastic.
In all seriousness though, it’s important to point out that you will never learn everything there is to know in college. There simply isn’t enough time or money to do so. The purpose of college is to hopefully spark a thirst for learning that will carry on with you in your life. Hopefully, with that thirst, a skepticism will form that will help you question and be curious about the things you were told growing up. It’s in this context with an open mind and a thirst for learning that a person can truly grow and understand multiple points of view.
To give an example of something I have done even though I am probably not the best person to give an example of, I grew up in Alabama. As most people are aware, Alabama tends to be a red state during elections. I never thought in my life that I would tune into any form of liberal media. Well I was curious and did. There were a number of things they talked about that I had never heard on the media outlet that I would have watched. It was only then did I become curious as to why they were talking about much of what they talked about. I fact checked a number of things then began digging into various things which ultimately led me to various economic systems.
Why? First, I had always grown up being told that they were bad. Our current system is good. No one could ever supply an interesting or compelling answer. It wasn’t until college and most importantly after college have I really become curious. I have also discovered things aren’t as bad as I was led to believe.
I say all of these things to ultimately give this bottom line. What you learn in college is only the beginning. It’s not until you take control of your own learning, ask questions, be curious, and always ask why will you truly come to understand why you are being taught the subjects you are and how it all fits together. Ultimately, you are the author of your own destiny. The question is, are you willing to read other works then pick up a pen and write your own or would you rather someone else right it for you based on what they think is correct?