Are diplomas decorative?
The first thing that I noticed about this hot chic that I was checking out at a café in Southern California is that she looked very intellectual.
The first thing that I noticed about this hot chic that I was checking out at a café in Southern California is that she looked very intellectual. She had these nice, horn-rimmed glasses that looked like they were first released in the 1950s. And she had this cool floral dress that had this really appealing cut. You can tell that she has a lot of styles.
She definitely stood out from the crowd because everybody in that scene were pretty much busy trying to look like everybody else. She did not care if she stood out and that is how awesome her personality is. I don’t know about you, but a little bit of independence and pride in one’s self is sexy.
Anyway, one thing that caught my eye was the fact that she was reading Dostoevsky. I have always been a big fan of Dostoevsky, in particular, The Brothers Karamazov. I think that novel really speaks volumes about the role of religion in modern life. For the longest time, religion was a short hand for science. For the longest time, a lot of people took comfort in religion because it somehow, someway organized their life in the face of the suffering, the chaos, and the material deprivation people experienced in the world.
It’s really quite ironic that as people got out from under mother nature by learning how to tame the world to such an extent that there is plenty of food, plenty of energy and people no longer have to live life short, nasty and rudish was precisely the point in history when they shied away from religion.
So I walked up to her and said, “That’s a really cool book you’re reading.” One thing leads to another and she was actually talking about the fact that she graduated with a really great degree from Yale University and how she reads Tarot cards for a living. That really blew my mind because this is one person who is actually pursuing her passion.
We were talking for a few more minutes when I popped the question actually. I said, “So why do you think you got that diploma in the first place? If you’ve always been in love with telling other people’s fortunes why not dispense with college in the first place?” She, of course, gave me the stock answer of “Good question.” Then, she kind of tilted her head back a little bit I guess to buy some time but I could see where she was coming from.
She basically said that she went to college and went on to graduate school not because she wanted to but because it was expected of her. Her dad is a big-time lawyer and her mom comes from a very wealthy family, who owns a lot of real estate in Southern California. To say that this woman is pretty much-taken care of as well as many generations after her is an understatement indeed.
So it kind of made sense to me. All the pieces fell into place. Now, don’t get me wrong. She was not saying that she was not making any money by telling fortunes. She easily makes at least $300,000 a year, but it isn’t really the money.
And it really had me thinking about diplomas because depending on your attitude, they basically make for great conversation pieces and not much else. It is definitely something to think about.