"Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it."
— This article
hits every note of my own personal experience with upper education, and I’m sure I’m not alone.
"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good."
"McCarthy describes Falcone as the kind of man who will read to his daughter from her favorite princess book every night but change the dreary narrative unbeknownst to her. “The story is written as ‘Jasmine was a nice girl,’” McCarthy groans. “‘She had no life. She was very sad and lonely. Then she met her prince. They got married and lived happily ever after and he ran the kingdom.’ So I’ll be brushing Georgie’s teeth and he’s in the other room reading to Viv and he’s like ‘When Jasmine opened her new orthodontist’s office the prince came in with terrible teeth and she saved him.’ And the next night he’ll be like ‘Jasmine opened up a wild zoo!’ and I hear Viv like ‘No, no, no, the Prince did it!’ And he’s like ‘No he didn’t, no he didn’t. He worked for Jasmine for the next 17 years of his life.’”"