“What if the cure for cancer is trapped inside the mind of someone who can’t afford an education?”
I came across this quote late one night last week when someone shared it on Facebook. It was in the middle of the night, but it got me thinking right away. It hasn’t left my mind since.
Most of us live such a blessed life, that we often take for granted so many aspects of our lives. Our education? One of them. The roof over our head, the many clothes in our closets, and the plentiful food on the table being among some of the others.
So many people go through the twelve years of mandatory schooling years and learn not a single thing. It’s not because they aren’t smart enough, but rather: they just don’t take it the opportunity seriously.
People across the world? They would give anything for even an ounce of the education and knowledge we have been blessed to have the opportunity to take for granted.
Then we get to college level education. Enter a-crazy-amount-of-loans-and-debts. For what? A job. And if you are lucky enough to even get a job: then, spend many years paying off aforementioned loans and debts.
But what about those who can’t afford the education? Even after grants and scholarships, the loan I had to take out for a bachelors degree? Scary. Not to mention the fact that I still haven’t found a full-time job to even start paying it off.
Makes you wonder how many brilliant people out there who can’t afford the education aren’t living up to their fullest potential. Because let’s face it: in this economy and job market — you need at least a bachelors degree to even have a chance at landing a decent job.
So when I stumbled across the quote I began this post off with? That feeling of angst and annoyance and I don’t even know how to describe it… it’s been bothering me since.
There just HAS to be a cure for cancer, HIV, and other deadly diseases. Can you imagine IF the ONLY thing holding the cure back is that someone wasn’t given the chance? Ill health effects us all – whether it’s you suffering, or a loved one… it doesn’t discriminate and effects all.
The amount of money in your pocket should not dictate who you are and what you are capable of. Shouldn’t everyone have an equal chance to fulfill/maximize their potential? That’s not just the American dream… that’s the human(e) dream.