Oh where, oh where to begin
~ If it’s about lifestyle, maybe education is not where to find it.
I’ve been writing lately about my student loan, the one that was made, was paid, that then came back again to haunt me.
Last night I wrote a post about “the end game”. I posted a letter about how I was dissed by the Department of education dismissing a lifetime of (their) lies by saying “it was an error”. “You’re damn sure shootin’ it was error,” it was an error that took a lot of my life away from me.
But now the same bastards that are bastardizing education are stepping forward to defend it, through their fellow travelers at the National Center for Health Statistics (if that isn’t a useless agency, there isn’t one). These guys, this gal, have done research on a 25 year old guy who even though he isn’t dead yet “they” know will die nine years earlier if he doesn’t get an education (meaning a postsecondary education, involving a student loan).
Oh, it doesn’t say that. The study doesn’t track statistics based on debt, on student debt, on real life decisions. As this article clearly shows (except you can’t really read it) getting an education is more about the big bucks than about the course of study. Since you can’t read it, I will summarize it for you. A failing kid, not bound to graduate, paid $200 for a weekend English course and got a “C” and graduated (presto, bango) no questions asked.
The Superintendent Winston Brooks (of Albuquerque) said simply that it was “usually the rich kids that do this, and the athletes”. I guess that it is clear now why the rich do live longer, have a better and easier education even if their quality of life is NOT so good.
In the longevity article linked above Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, said that “the good news is life expectancy has gone up”. Is that really good news? I guess it is “good” for the student loan industry because the students will have longer to pay, and pay and pay.
So yes, I guess I’m doomed statistically. My student loan (experience) helped me make sure that I would never graduate from college. So here we go, or I go. Look here, the life expectancy for U.S. males is 75 years and 219 days. But subtract the years lost because I didn’t graduate, nine (9) years, and that leaves me leaving (statistically) at age 65 and 146 days (plus one more for leap year). So I can’t wait, eight months more and, “I’m outta here”, I graduate “for sure”, I move on to someplace a whole lot better where the lack of a (college) diploma will not cost me, cost me my life.
Of course the better argument would be that my student loan is what really killed me. Everyone really knows that STRESS kills, that debt causes stress, that debt has never been so high is U.S. history or world history or in the classes that teach all kinds of history about “you” being history and “me” being history.
So I’m doomed and you’re probably doomed too (if you have a student loan). You’ll die early, you’ve already died often. You’ve already wanted to die because of the debt. So it IS the end of the world as we know it; and I DO feel fine.
2012.05.17 – 17:01.