They say there are no limits in life. That anything is obtainable if you try hard enough, take risks, and keep working at it…but, isn’t that the greatest lie ever told? Everything has limits. The people who believe that life has no limits live in a world of what ifs and but ifs. Many things are possible if one only asks what if or but if and then makes those ifs come true. Modern technology is allowing blind people to see, deaf people to hear, and paralyzed people walk again. Those are all great results of people ignoring limits in life to focus on the ifs of life. But, is that what they really mean when they say there are no limits in life?
Think about who says it most. It is usually the entrepreneurs and business owners, millionaires and billionaires, celebrities, and others who are already at the top or a member of that club. Things always look easy once you are a member, but these very members and groups impose limits on others to maintain their club’s exclusivity.
Do many business owners create a profit sharing plan with those who actually made the profits possible? Do actors and actresses insist on equitable pay when they sign their fifteen million dollar contract for thirty minutes of screen time? Do sports players insist on equitable pay and treatment for the support staff and concession workers that help keep people in their seats to watch the players play?
Limits are imposed on those not intended for the exclusive groups immediately when they enter school, but forcibly imposed when they enter high school. One such way that limits are imposed are through career exploration programs, classes, and software. One particular program that is used by many, many high schools throughout the US focuses on 2-year colleges, trade programs, retail, and service industries. Oh, they also include healthcare and legal professions. Their questions all revolve around things that are designed to maintain the exclusive groups. Not a single question about art, humanities, social studies, music, theater, or the like. Not a single 4-year college is recommended, no matter how students respond to the questions.
There is a push within the political realm to impose limits further by denying financial aid to “unworthy” majors. Those majors that, they claim, do not serve the greater good. These majors include the arts and humanities, gender studies, languages and literature, and cultural studies. The very people who invest money in Monet and Rembrandt do not believe that art is a valuable skill, but rather one that is a waste of money. So nice of them to support long dead artists, but not invest in future ones. Ahh, but the caveat is that supporting dead artists actually keeps money within their exclusive group rather than distributing it to those unworthy.
The greatest lie ever told was that the sky was the limit.
Written for FOWC with Fandango – Limit