The Greatest Lie

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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


8 thoughts on “The Greatest Lie

  1. Interesting post, Teresa, and insightful as well. I’m wondering if something specific, other than just the prompt word “limit” inspired this post. (Although it’s really none of my business.)


    1. Lol…actually it was a combination of the word and the events of the past day, although when I read your prompt, I really did start thinking about how we place imaginary limits on others. I was thinking that watching the Senate fiasco. We limit people in places where there shouldn’t be limits and don’t have them where there needs to be. It really is about protecting the elite and their groups. Real life events involved my son working on his career exploration again as part of a class and the dang program said he should go to a small, private 2-year college in the middle of nowhere Montana for business…lol. No matter how many times he changed his plans from “alternative” to 4-year college or university, it changed back to the school’s default. Just last Friday the school announced (proudly I might add) that 50% of their students attend the local community college. 18% start at a 4-year college. I am all for community colleges, but to be proud of those numbers is shameful. My son’s midterm gpa (B+ average) puts him in the top 100 of the students. There are 1400 students this year. There are so many limits placed on people as they grow up that no one even seems to notice them anymore.

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        1. True, but most of these kids out here like that. They don’t have to think for themselves. He’s in all honors classes this year and likes them except for English. She is a dumb bunny though. He has his heart set on going to either a conservatory or university to study music (and maybe double major in History…lol).

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  2. Er, my two cents and skewed viewpoint: I think the whole ‘sky is the limit’ thinking comes down to what a person can IMAGINE, not what they might actually achieve. It’s a trick. And damned hard work, but I can guarantee that if you can shift your thinking to possibles instead of impossibles, ‘strange’ things happen. I’m not saying it’s magic or that there’s an easy solution to ‘life’ – but sometime if you would, watch “What the Bleep Do We Know?” and see what I mean. It’s in the PERSPECTIVE of the person. And it really does work. It happened to me.!%3F

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  3. I wrote a VERY similar piece and have rerun it several times. I think the biggest and cruelest lie we tell our children is that they can do anything they want if they try hard enough. Neglecting, for the nonce, any thought of actual talent, for example.

    Within the limits of who and what you are, you can achieve, but the sky is NOT the limit for most of us. Pity about that.

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