Welcome to ‘Unsolicited Advice’, the weekly column where I offer advice to people who have no idea who I am and never asked for it. Last week, I advised a young, immature woman who was thinking about cutting off her Trump-loving in-laws.
This week, we head over to Twitter, where a young man named David told the world why he supports Bernie Sanders for president. Here’s his tweet.
David doesn’t look like he was asking for advice but seems like he needs some anyway.
You’re in luck, David! Unsolicited advice is my self-declared specialty. So here goes.
You say you understand the value of an “affordable system” but it doesn’t look like you’re wanting an “affordable system”…it looks like you want a free system. In service of that notion, let’s look at what you’ve spent so far. And that’s an important distinction to make…what you’ve spent. So far in this country, college isn’t mandatory. There is no government agency that will come to find you and drag you off to a sterile dorm room and force you to consume mass quantities of ramen and crappy cafeteria pizza. And without a doubt there was no one standing over you with a gun to your head, ordering to you sign on the dotted line for $137,000. You chose to go to a school that cost that much, and you chose to take out a loan to afford it.
Why should you be relieved of that voluntary loan you took out? Even worse, why should the rest of us pay for it? Because that is what you are asking. You are asking a lot of people to pay for your poor decision-making skills.
But Kira, I needed to go to a good school so I could get a good job!
No, David. You are not entitled to go to a “good” school any more than you are entitled to a “good” job. All across the country, for many, many years, people have done things they didn’t want to do in order to have the things they want. They go to community schools, take on extra jobs, delay education, or enter the workforce and choose to educate themselves in other ways. In fact, it looks as though you did the same thing. You made a sacrifice for yourself now so you could have what you want later.
Now you’ve changed your mind and expect the world to stop to accommodate that. My kid doesn’t even do that. She’s been educated in the physics of consequences. I always tell her that she needs to be careful about the things she chooses to let her friends get her into, because not one of them can get her “whuppin” for her.
You want make poor choices and let the rest of us take your whuppin’.
Sorry young man, life doesn’t work like that.
You say your debt now means you’ll never own a home, start a family, or live debt free. I’m not sure what things are like where you come from but being debt-free is not a requirement for buying a home and certainly not for starting a family. What kind of family are you thinking about starting – the Royal Family? Sure, raising children requires some funds but starting a family is practically free. Maybe you need to go back to school and pick up some biology classes.
Perhaps, David you believe in this weird modern notion we have that one must be comfortably middle class to “afford” a family. I assure you, this is absolutely not a requirement and in fact is a hindrance to many young people who really should be starting child-rearing sooner rather than later but keep waiting for that magical designation of “comfortable” first. A lot of people miss a lot of life because they’re waiting for the perfect circumstances to start living. Children don’t make you poor, but your mentality sure does.
However, if you’re the type of guy who happily burdens himself with $137,000 in loans before he’s even paid his first bill on his own, maybe it is better that you don’t raise children. Perhaps it is easier for you to tell yourself that it is your loans that keep you from finding a suitable mate.
But Kira, this is what I had to do make a better life for myself! Its the system!
Well, how’s that workin’ for ya?
I don’t know what your degree is in but if it isn’t going to afford you the opportunity to pay back the giant loan you took out, maybe you need to start thinking about a course change.
Close your Twitter account and go learn a trade, David.
That’s it for this week. You can catch ‘Unsolicited Advice’ every Friday right here on Redstate. What would you have told David?
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