History was at once the least, and the most, perfect degree to choose. The subject matter is engaging and interesting, compelling in a way that encourages hard work and good grades. At the same time, the subject matter is largely about individuals who have made a difference, who have changed how events flowed, and who have been granted a place in the history books because of the greatness of their efforts. That is a level of recognition and importance that few history students will ever achieve, and so I find myself forever living in the shadow of my own subject.
Practically, A History degree opens many avenues of employment. It grants access to graduate level jobs, without funneling you down a specific career path. The oppurtunities seem almost endless. Unfortunately that is not the case, you can’t pursue a job that requires specialist training and no single career path is laid out in front of you. In a long term financial crisis, jobs are not abundant, and previous work experience has been (at least for me) extremely limited. With no knowledge of any particular field of work, where do you go from there? Especially having spent three years learning about some of the most influential and important individuals to have ever lived.
Politics, then, seems like a perfect option. A career path that will pay the ever looming bills, and perhaps even the oppurtunity to make a substantial difference (from a moral standpoint at least), and potentially become a part of the history you studied. This is particularly appropriate considering widespread political disillusionment, as surely it would open up doorways for new, better ways of thinking. Progress. Unfortunately, it seems I haves grown so disillusioned with the state of governance, the widespread moral and financial corruption in the system, the overbearing presence of racial discrimination and a patriarchy which breeds disgusting behaviour into generation after generation of the herded population, that I am now an anarchist with no desire to legitimise said system with my involvment.
"Fucked" springs to mind.
Oh how things change, and how they stay the same.
George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.
"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014).
Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player).
To Be Takei documentary official website.
- Mod Dawes Sr.
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