Is writing fun? Yes, more so than going to work every day to do a job that our society really needs done, as demonstrated by its high wages. There is a reason that people who majored in journalism, women's studies, gay studies, etc. often have trouble paying back their student loans: because these degrees are for jobs that our society pays poorly because they are easy or contribute little to our society. There's a reason that computer science, electrical engineering, and a few other degrees don't lead to these hard choices. They involve real work.Years later, I found myself confronted with a choice that too many people have had to and will have to face. I could give up what had become my vocation (in my case, being a writer) and take a job that I didn’t want in order to repay the huge debt I had accumulated in college and graduate school. Or I could take what I had been led to believe was both the morally and legally reprehensible step of defaulting on my student loans, which was the only way I could survive without wasting my life in a job that had nothing to do with my particular usefulness to society.I chose life. That is to say, I defaulted on my student loans.As difficult as it has been, I’ve never looked back. The millions of young people today, who collectively owe over $1 trillion in loans, may want to consider my example.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Leftist Arrogance: "What I Want To Do Is Really, Really Important"
The June 6, 2015 New York Times includes a journalist explaining why he defaulted on his student loans and why everyone should: