"The education thing is a joke, and just untrue. It's harder to graduate high school today then ever before, and people are more highly educated today then ever before as a result of more and more people going to college.
Very, very stupid post. The regulars here ate it up though, so you're golden."
Actually, I WILL defend this point of yours, DetroitSportsFan. I cannot find the ways enough to express my rage at those who rant against easy visible targets such as formal education and Hollywood. Neither of them is perfect, in different ways, but the so-called "harm" they cause the world is either non-existent or insignificant to entities - corporations, large powerful political groups that oppress others, prisons, courts - outside the world of school and movies.
Requirements for school never decrease over time. Heck - I am taking 4 liberal arts courses right now to earn a 2-year Associate degree that I never had to take for my PhD, Masters, or Bachelors. But, the same is true of laws in all arenas of life: they only increase over time, never decrease. No logically consistent thought is ever given by politicians whether those laws cause more good than harm or vice versa.
I completely sympathize with FatMan, too, for all the reasons he feels regarding footballers.
I do not see a dichotomy between "nerds" vs "jocks". I just see a dichotomy between those who think the entertainment they love is the most important thing in the world and needs to be shared by everyone versus those who do not think that way.
I was very happy that on May 31 I met a man - a friend of my brother's - who shared my repulsion at all the nationalistic divisions - which are, of course, completely arbitrarily created by human beings and, therefore, are not necessary for life nor the quality of life - in the Olympics. Why represent a country at the Olympics? Why not represent yourself? Or, your favorite sponsoring corporation? Or, whatever subset of the human race paid for you to be there? I suppose I am now ranting more against nationalism than I am against sports.
Nevertheless, sports fans still suck up to these arbitrary and, worse, completely logically inconsistent, divisions of "us" vs "they". Yay! Michael Phelps swam for ME, personally!
Oh, boo! Some Algerian just won the 300-meter dash. Oh well, I'll cheer for her and claim that she and I are part of the same team!