What Are You Playing With?

My 7-year-old brother is the type of kid who can stay entertained for hours playing with a couple low-tech toys while humming and talking to himself. Quietness in other kids is usually a sign they’re destroying something, but my brother is exceptionally good and gentle. I know I’ll have to toughen him up when he gets older.

One night I popped into the living room to see him watching television with a rolled-up piece of paper in his hand. It was cream-colored and a bit large, like a small poster. I asked him what he was doing.

“Nothing, just watching T.V.”

“Cool,” I said.

My 14-year-old brother was on the couch with his laptop. I’m pretty sure he surfs porn on it, but I have no proof, and don’t actually care. As long as he’s not gay.

I started to leave the room when I thought, “Wait, where did the little guy get a poster?” I turned back around.

“What are you playing with?” I asked him.

“I don’t know it’s nothing. I found it downstairs.” He was putting it on his mouth like it was a blow horn, and using it to knock down his Hot Wheel cars from the coffee table. The edges were slightly crumpled.

“Mind if I take a look?”

“Okay but I want it back. It’s mine because I found it first.”

I grabbed the rolled-up paper. It was of thick stock, and didn’t have a glossy coating that most posters have. I slowly opened it up and saw my name spelled out in a calligraphy font. It can’t be. Right below my name were the words “Bachelors of Science” and then “Microbiology.” It was my college diploma.

I flashed a dirty look to my other brother. “You idiot while you were digging for books you must have left my diploma out. Now it has drool on it, thanks.”

He started laughing and said, “That’s so funny!” I gave him a stone-faced stare and then he made a conscious effort to hold back his laughter. “Hey it wasn’t my fault! You know him—he touches everything!”

“Can I have it back now?” the little guy said.

“No you cannot have it back. This is not a toy, this is my college diploma. I spent four years and twenty thousand dollars to get this.”

“What is a diplomo?”

“A diploma is something you get because your parents tell you that’s what you should do, and then you wake up one day and realize that you change your mind and…” I trailed off when I saw him furrowing his brows. I pride myself on always being honest to my little brothers, but I don’t want to confuse them with my existential speeches. “It’s just something that says you finished a lot of school and can now get a job.”

My dad came into the room to see what the commotion was. I told him the story and he scolded the little guy until his upper lip started trembling, a sign that he’s about to cry. I looked at my dad and said, “Pops, it’s really okay. It’s not like I’m going to use it again anyway.”

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sloopJohn
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glad to hear it was finally put to good use.

Jay Gatsby
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Funny how people treat diplomas – even high school ones – like they’re holy documents worthy of preservation at all costs. They’re not. They merely symbolize the completion of a course of study, and while they’re a tangible representation of it, they have no inherent value save for sentimental. Even that value is misplaced. They can almost always be reprinted for a small fee. For example, the University of New Mexico charges only $15 to do so.

So to quote a line from Good Will Hunting:

“You dropped 150 grand on a f***in’ education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.”

Benjamin Orenstein
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Who cares if he’s gay? What’s with the needless homophobia?

Klasik
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Careful Roosh: Without a diploma you might turn into one of those 30 year old losers who still live with their parents. OH WAIT, YOU ALREADY ARE.

Solo
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Roosh Can make a lame story into something deep, that’s how you know my nig’s got game, peep his wordplay, that’s how you do it infield gentlemen, you tell a story but you spice it up with the wordplay, it gets these broads wet

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Post of the year. I loved it!

SolveMyGirlProblems
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lol a good metaphor to make us realize how useless a college education is nowadays. A degree might get you a job but if you think about it, it doesn’t really prove anything.

“you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuckin education you coulda got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library”

– Will Hunting

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Well at least the diploma has been put to use – albeit a crumpled up Hot Wheels knocker… I spent well over $80,000 and 4 years for mine and haven’t used it all.

@JayGatsby – Like the quote. All the major education I’ve had was either at a public library or online. I could have saved an ass load of time and money if someone told me this 5 years ago. Oh well…

Campus life and the overall college experience was something I wouldn’t have given back though – from the partying, to the people I met, ideas I started learning outside the classroom, it was a HUGE growth experience that played a major role in who I am today.

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You should have left it in the tube that it came in like I did.

The G Manifesto
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“I spent four years and twenty thousand dollars to get this.”

Not bad. 20k plus is what a semester costs now.

I would tell any kid that wants to go to college to just take that cash and start a biz these days.

– MPM

The Rookie
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i left my grad degree diploma in the tube it was mailed in, unopened, until my parents demanded to see it.

anon
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14? kid sounds like he’s 5

MrNever Wear the Same Shoe Twice
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you live at your parents house?

lena
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so what if he lives at his parents house. It is the smarter option in many circumstances. Better to live with parents and save your money than to be a poor ass player living in a shit hole.

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If I’d known how worthless in actuality my college education was, I’d have spent the money on beer.

It’s a disturbing sign for America that such statements are actually true.

Evan
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Hahaha! Awesome and depressing!

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I think college provides a base from which to start truly educating yourself. That degree doesn’t automatically certify you as being an intelligent individual. Of course, depending on what your intended profession is, college is more valuable because you will directly apply what you’ve learned there. But I’ve always believed I learned more AFTER college, just living everyday life and attempting to broaden myself.

I think college is also valuable for individuals that have never really been away from home, or had mommy do pretty much everything for them. For some, when they get dropped off in front of the dorm, is the first time they had ever been on their own. Some had never had a bank account or managed money. Some had never washed their own clothes or cooked something simple for themselves. Some simply drove their dirty clothes home. Others learned to do it themselves. Others simply got a girl to do it for them…HA HA!

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“Campus life and the overall college experience was something I wouldn’t have given back though – from the partying, to the people I met, ideas I started learning outside the classroom, it was a HUGE growth experience that played a major role in who I am today.” – Tony Ryan

This is why one should go to college.

Vincent Ignatius
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It’s not like I’m going to use it again anyway.

I have a deadline in a couple of weeks to acceptt a job that will take me completely away from the field I’m getting my Ph.D. in. I feel fine about it.

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@ The G Manifesto —

That’s my forte. Most of the people I went to high school with continued on to college, graduated, and still jockey register at the corner store.. I invested the cash made in my late teens into starting my own business and am making far more money than 95% of my peers (at least).

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How many girls have you banged in your parents place since you came back from South America Roosh?

If its more then one, then you’ve managed to bang more then most “well do to” Betas who aren’t chaining themselves down into a relationship/marriage…. and you did it unemployed.

Mr. T
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“Almost double digits. I don’t like doing it because it’s too much work to plot the exit strategy.”

Roosh, don’t you plan on eventually moving out?

I imagine you now have the cash flow to at least afford a small one-bedroom apartment or at least split the cost of a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate.

If you keep self-publishing books, I am pretty sure you will get a decent cash flow going so that you can live alone or with a roommate and still be able to save up for travelling.

At that point, why would you continue living at home with the terrible logistics that come with it?

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First comment nailed it…lol.

greendroppings
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I told my Dad I didn’t care enough to frame my college diploma. I also skipped my college graduation to get drunk with friends who had graduated the year before.

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“I know I’ll have to toughen him up when he gets older.”

That’s almost cute. I wonder if you believe it….

The chances of you actually being around him to have any real influence on him are pretty small.

Either you drag him to Brazil or you’ll just be unka Roosh who breezes through town for a month or so every couple of years.

The chances of you substantively changing the lifestyle you say you want for the sake of someone else sounds very out of character.

Finally, gentle kids are usually plenty tough inside, they have to be to survive. The last thing he’ll need is one more person (family no less) who doesn’t accept him on his terms.

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I’d cry if I were your Dad.

NYCBachelor
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Ironically enough Roosh, your blogging may just bring you in significantly more money then your diploma ever did.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-white-house-republicans-offer-bloggers-100k-each-compromise-deal

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Here’s my suggestion for all of you that don’t necessarily care about your diploma/degree – have it framed, and present it to your parents as a gift (if they paid for your education). I’m sure it’s a source of pride for them, so let THEM have it. Mine is packed away somewhere. It’s not that I’m not proud of it, but at the same time it doesn’t mean much to me now that I’m so far removed from college. I didn’t get a ring either (though I have some regrets about that, even though I’d probably never wear it). Graduations overall have lost a lot of importance because we have TOO MANY OF THEM. For elementary school. For jr. high. I think we should only have them for high school and college.

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Roosh, the post is great…but your writing makes it even more compelling….well done.