Bucky's quote popped up the other day and got me thinking about self-value. Can you imagine a world where the purpose of people was to push the boundaries of their thinking instead of being forced into servitude to an economic system that reduces them to drudgery?
Asking a 21st Century person to believe that their income does not dictate their self value is impossible. This kind of viral capitalism is every bit as limiting to human potential as medieval serfdom, dogmatic church states or god-kings.
People are fond of criticizing history for ideas that seem silly in retrospect. These are the very same people who argue for and justify our current woeful state of being. Our unsuccessful students aren't high earners. Our successful students go to work for those oil companies. It's a difficult thing to see past the myths, misinformation and indoctrination of our own culture, but I suspect you'll never find happiness if you don't, especially in the early twenty-first Century.