But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker.
While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost?
Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class.
Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers.
I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system.
Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination.
I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work.
But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker.
A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him.
There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen?
The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years." The student then said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast - How long then? "But, I do not understand," said the disappointed student.
" Replied the Master, "Well, twenty years." "But, if I work at it, how long then? "At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. " Replied the Master, "When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path." This is the dilemma I've faced within the American education system.
We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.