La dura verità (the awful truth)

Tratto da un bel commento di Amazon al libro “The art of non-conformity” di Guillebeau:

“At community college I meet adult students of all ages who often are in school as an effort to change their lives. Unlike university settings, many of these students have already experienced some of their life and have already experienced disappointments. They have children. They have jobs. They struggle.

And as a sociology professor I have more bad news. I have to tell them that it is not the truth that education and a degree are magic entry into the middle class. I have to tell them that they are competing with other workers who have head starts on them because of social class structures and that the data connecting “a good education” with “a good paying job” is spurious because young people from middle and upper-middle class families with economic and social connections already in place get educations and degrees too, and then rely upon their parent’s business connections to find the good paying job. In other words, the conventional life that Guillebeau so eloquently describes is often an illusion, available only to the few and the game is rigged in favor of that few.

But I remind them that there is good news in sociology as well. The good news is that the world in which we live is of our own making collectively. Most of what we perceive to be set in stone is merely the sum total of decisions made by individuals who are accepting scripts about life that can be questioned. In the questioning there is power. There is power to resist, power to drop out, power to change, power to be something different. The answers do lie in the unconventional and the nonconformity.”

Pattie Thomas, Ph.D.

Aggiungo che non basta farsi le domande giuste, ma bisogna anche agire. Nel commento viene detto che il potere è nella domanda. Io penso che il potere sia nell’azione. Dopo aver messo in discussione gli “scripts” che ci vengono proposti in automatico dobbiamo agire, fare delle scelte concrete, altrimenti non c’è storia, rimaniamo dei teorici.