What a mind boggling Journey I find myself on

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Lately in lectures, Theres been a lot of talk on marxism as relates to ideology, its basic beliefs, and how it is a teleology. and in a fashion I’m rather gobsmacked by, this belief system I’ve been trained by the media and the ideological state apparatuses to think is so bad. I find I’m outright fascinated by!

While scratching the surface on Marxism, my lecturer runs a lot of ideas past us, such as, “why do we put up with a situation in which we are screwed?” Meaning how socialism and the way things are, really favour just an elite few, not all of us.

Why am I to accept the ways things are, being that I am now a student (because?) for which I’ll be in debt, I’ll be getting a job (because?) So that i can provide for myself, and pay a mortgage for my house (because?) And by the time I retire, if im lucky, I have spent an entire life, slaving away to pay down what I owe, and thats and existence i accept (Because?)

For every (Because?) I put in the paragraph above, much like everyone else, I can answer with the reasons I tell myself. However, for each one I can also put “Because that’s the way things are, and always have been” and it will get me just as far wether its one or the other. Its fascinating to have these thoughts put in words, and to really be critical that, yeah.. why is that? Why do I accept a situation in which I’m screwed from the start so someone else can benefit??

Really, its to fit a mold that has been there since modernity started in the 1500’s. I am but a subject, a cog in a system that expects me to work, to earn a little, not a lot. So that someone in a higher position can earn a lot. It’s opening my worldview, I feel more inclined to be critical of social constructs, to look at, to investigate, to be critical of things that are hegemonically in place for me and the other social classes to abide by. And its absolutely fascinating.

But at the same time.. I question, why does it take going to University, to learn about and broaden your intellectual horizons with philosophical and ideological questions such as these. Why aren’t those questions posed at an earlier state?

I ask that, and im critical of that because. I was told at age 13, upon starting middle school, that this is where you determine what direction your life really takes, My grandfather says and repeats often, “life is like a ruler, every year is another centimeter, and what will you do and learn by each centimeter?” I’m 13 centimeters, 13 years, half my life removed from making that decision at this point.

After this lecture, I look back, and I think, The Ideological State Apparatuses (Family, Media, Culture, Education, Society) Have made it so that you have to be on a set path, you have to be conditioned to think just this one certain way, before they introduced these ambiguous concepts and, to them, more skewed world view, this more critical perception. Because if you were equipped with those tools, you’d be more inclined to do not be a subject, a cog in the machine, you’d be more inclined to think critically. And that’s concerning.

Why do I have to decide my path at 13, and then be marginalized, judged and treated according to it.

…”Because thats the way things are”

Dr.Marcus Leaning is wonderful wonderful lecturer, and moreso now than ever, I feel I’m glued to the knowledge presented to me, that I am actually learning something meaningful, and that it will genuinely be of importance to me as indeed tackle this strange, socially accepted task of being a cog, or better yet, in carving out a path that isn’t typically travelled, to really live and explore this world while I’m physically able.

All these thoughts, put in a blog post in about 40 minutes. MAN! This really expensive decision really feels rewarding and like a fantastic step in the right direction!

Kornelius

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