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Monday, August 8, 2011

Progress or Perfection?

Have some of us turned our journey into a pilgrimage? A pilgrimage is not a settled, lockstep type of trip but more of a meandering, winding, turning, looping, crisscrossing, and occasionally backtracking wandering essence type of a thing - more open ended as it were. We give ourselves lots of kudos for trying, for not giving up, for starting over, for not quite, almost, nearly, and whatever other ways we can dress it up because we can't feel bad or anything. Have you ever read that Bill Gates speech to a graduating class? Here it is:

Bill Gates High School Address:

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they
did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair . . . get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping . . . they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this, Thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English, Thank a soldier!

Bill Gates made some very good points about achievement, self-esteem, and sticking to it because that's what's necessary to achieve anything in life.
Real life - have you noticed these sit-coms? They are all promiscuous and everything is funny and people are happy - no consequences. They are vulgar and profane, disrespectful and rude. Things always turn out OK.

I know some may say, "It's not real", but does that mean it has no effect on us? How much time do we spend in fantasy? How much of that stuff do we pump into our brains through what we watch and what we listen to? Are today's young adults the ones who grew up on a steady diet of fantasy?

Are we ready for reality? The reality where behavior has consequences? Perfection isn't possible but what does progress look like?


  1. Agreed! I virtually never watch TV and could easily do without one. I wouldn't miss it at all. The main thing we use it for is Fox News and the Golf Channel. The rest is garbage.

  2. Thank you for this...totally feels like this message was intended for me today.

  3. "...we can't feel bad or anything."

    Hmmmm. Nope, I feel horrible. But, I suppose, it wouldn't be wise to dwell on the negative. That would be like picking at scabs. I'm trying to highlight the positive where and when I can. Atleast that's what I try to remember to do.

    sit-coms ick!!! Mr. Gates :D

    Oooh I tried posting a comment earler, but blogger is acting up. Maybe this one will get lucky! ;-)