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Old 01-19-08, 12:22 AM   #1
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Life Lessons You Have Learned from Your Life

[1] You can only trust yourself. Everyone else is either a temporary friend or is an enemy.

[2] I am inherently lazy.

[3] Everyone gets fat.

[4] School is for losers. Hear this kids? Skip college / university and go get a job. You are just wasting your time.

[5] Why the hell is figuring out your taxes AND paying your taxes so difficult? I mean, there is a GST, HST, income tax, CPP, EI, property, car registration, inheritance, import, credit allowance, depreciation, workers compensation, etc. Why do you have to screw me so many times? I'm only one man. I shouldn't need to hire another man to calculate how much money I owe.

[6] Everyone gets ugly.
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Old 01-19-08, 12:40 AM   #2
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[6] Everyone gets ugly.
Pfft, speak for yourself there, bub.

Some of us were born ugly.
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Old 01-19-08, 12:46 AM   #3
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[4] School is for losers. Hear this kids? Skip college / university and go get a job. You are just wasting your time.

why have i been taught from my peers, elders, teachers, and parents since kindergarden the exact opposite of that statement?
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Old 01-19-08, 12:48 AM   #4
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Does belief #4 manifest itself in belief #5?
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Old 01-19-08, 01:11 AM   #5
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why have i been taught from my peers, elders, teachers, and parents since kindergarden the exact opposite of that statement?
They want to break your spirit by making you go through college / university. High schoolers are too unpredictable. Society needs people that are so jaded and complacent that they will take whatever role is given to them. Sorta like communism in disguise.

From a guy that has taken high level academic courses throughout high school and is just a few months from being done with university, I can truly say that my life has been a waste of time. Why the hell did I take all these courses? I didn't learn a damn useful thing and I have paid close to $40,000 for this "privilege". I really wished I had skipped all this academia and taken car mechanics, welding, accounting, web page development, computer programming, etc.

I have regret for choosing this path in life because it is not really all that enjoyable and there isn't really freedom and choice. I started preparing for university the first day I got to high school by taking all those high level academic courses and that has continued to this day. You really paint yourself into a corner because you sacrifice so much time and effort. You can't stop once you stop or you will have wasted half of your life.
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Old 01-19-08, 01:13 AM   #6
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I'd say school can be for losers, but education of some sort is important. If you skip school and all other types of education then you're an idiot. I think I would have been perfectly happy skipping college, taking some welding classes, and building things all day long.
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Old 01-19-08, 01:19 AM   #7
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Does belief #4 manifest itself in belief #5?
No, belief #5 is independent of #4. I just think that it is so damn illogical to have so many different taxes for the average citizen that you truly need an accountant to keep track of all your taxes. Why are we wasting so much effort by having these numerous tax collections. There is whole damn multi-billion dollar industry that just deals with taxes and it adds zip to the productivity of the economy. If you are going to screw me, just screw me with one big tax once a year so I don't have to have an accountant on speed dial.
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Old 01-19-08, 07:04 AM   #8
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So what I am reading here is that you are not happy with your life and chosen path and perhaps think that you are both fat and ugly.

And that taxes make you crazy.

You can change all those things except for the taxes... like death, they're inevitable.
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Old 01-19-08, 07:10 AM   #9
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Generally speaking, we humans are the most insidious, diabolical, ignorant, wasteful, greedy dots on earth.

Which is why I disagree with OP's statement of education being useless. It is not, and opens the door to creativeness and mind expansion to understand.

Individuality is lost among the masses.
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Old 01-19-08, 07:16 AM   #10
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why have i been taught from my peers, elders, teachers, and parents since kindergarden the exact opposite of that statement?
This about sums it up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njG7p6CSbCU
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Old 01-19-08, 08:09 AM   #11
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I didn't learn a damn useful thing and I have paid close to $40,000 for this "privilege". I really wished I had skipped all this academia and taken car mechanics, welding, accounting, web page development, computer programming, etc.
You get from education exactly what you put into it. If you approached it as if you were a vessel to be filled, well, you have no one to blame but yourself. Higher ed taught me to think critically and enjoy art, literature, and music.

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Old 01-19-08, 08:25 AM   #12
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From a guy that has taken high level academic courses throughout high school and is just a few months from being done with university
So you're giving sketchy advice you haven't taken yourself?

There is no doubt that education is generally correlated with income. There are obviously some people who succeed without it and a few MBAs serving fries, but most people are going to earn more money and have an easier time getting work with a high school diploma than without, with a BA than without, with a PhD than without.
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Old 01-19-08, 08:43 AM   #13
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They want to break your spirit by making you go through college / university. High schoolers are too unpredictable. Society needs people that are so jaded and complacent that they will take whatever role is given to them. Sorta like communism in disguise.

From a guy that has taken high level academic courses throughout high school and is just a few months from being done with university, I can truly say that my life has been a waste of time. Why the hell did I take all these courses? I didn't learn a damn useful thing and I have paid close to $40,000 for this "privilege". I really wished I had skipped all this academia and taken car mechanics, welding, accounting, web page development, computer programming, etc.

I have regret for choosing this path in life because it is not really all that enjoyable and there isn't really freedom and choice. I started preparing for university the first day I got to high school by taking all those high level academic courses and that has continued to this day. You really paint yourself into a corner because you sacrifice so much time and effort. You can't stop once you stop or you will have wasted half of your life.
Some higher education is to prepare students, some is to filter out the stupid undisciplined ones.
The fact that you made it through is still going to give you rewards in the future.
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Old 01-19-08, 09:00 AM   #14
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From a guy that has taken high level academic courses throughout high school and is just a few months from being done with university, I can truly say that my life has been a waste of time.
Dude, you ain't even really started life yet...it's way to early to have a clue what will be valuable down the road...let alone to write off anything as wasted. If you feel that what you are doing now isn't the direction you want to go, fine, finish it up and move on to something else - you got plenty of time to do whatever the frack you want to do...and this time you've spent isn't wasted time...it's just experience (not to mention knowledge) - the building blocks that transform you from who you are today into who you will be tomorrow.
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Old 01-19-08, 09:54 AM   #16
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Wait! You mean I'm supposed to learn something?
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Old 01-19-08, 10:00 AM   #17
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Old 01-19-08, 10:04 AM   #18
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I've learned that people often go to college to get a better job, not to gain knowledge (at least now).

I've learned that a want becomes a need once you can afford it.
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Old 01-19-08, 10:46 AM   #19
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[1] You can only trust yourself. Everyone else is either a temporary friend or is an enemy.
Wow I am sorry. I don't find this at all.

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[4] School is for losers. Hear this kids? Skip college / university and go get a job. You are just wasting your time.
Ironically, I don't entirely disagree. I would say it isn't for everyone more than it is for losers. It definitely wasn't for me.

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[5] Why the hell is figuring out your taxes AND paying your taxes so difficult? I mean, there is a GST, HST, income tax, CPP, EI, property, car registration, inheritance, import, credit allowance, depreciation, workers compensation, etc. Why do you have to screw me so many times? I'm only one man. I shouldn't need to hire another man to calculate how much money I owe.
My bigger question is, why the **** do I have to take the time to do taxes when every time I do it comes back re-adjusted by the gov't. Seriously, if they already know, just send me the bill instead of wasting my life.
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I've learned that people often go to college to get a better job, not to gain knowledge (at least now).

I've learned that a want becomes a need once you can afford it.
ooo thats a good one...

I have learned, I can't remember stuff if I don't care. This can really have an impact on my relationships with people when I can't remember their names
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[1] You can only trust yourself. Everyone else is either a temporary friend or is an enemy.

[2] I am inherently lazy.

[3] Everyone gets fat.

[4] School is for losers. Hear this kids? Skip college / university and go get a job. You are just wasting your time.

[5] Why the hell is figuring out your taxes AND paying your taxes so difficult? I mean, there is a GST, HST, income tax, CPP, EI, property, car registration, inheritance, import, credit allowance, depreciation, workers compensation, etc. Why do you have to screw me so many times? I'm only one man. I shouldn't need to hire another man to calculate how much money I owe.

[6] Everyone gets ugly.
I prefer to learn life lessons from other peoples lives.

For example: Nobody likes a whiner.
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Old 01-19-08, 10:51 AM   #22
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Education is totally worthless. But actually learning something is invaluable. An Education becomes very valuable if you learn something worth learning.
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Old 01-19-08, 11:17 AM   #23
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There are many lessons I've learned so far from life/the world. Far too many to write out here.

One thing I've tried very hard to live by is to always be an honest and sincere person. This has helped me far more times than it has hindered me. I'm also a giving person, but I've had to learn over the years how to tell if someone sees my kindness as a weakness. Now I know how to tell the difference, but it wasn't always like that though.
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No, belief #5 is independent of #4. I just think that it is so damn illogical to have so many different taxes for the average citizen that you truly need an accountant to keep track of all your taxes. Why are we wasting so much effort by having these numerous tax collections. There is whole damn multi-billion dollar industry that just deals with taxes and it adds zip to the productivity of the economy. If you are going to screw me, just screw me with one big tax once a year so I don't have to have an accountant on speed dial.
I was referring to the ability to do math.

In all seriousness though, I do partially agree with you. (Did Hell just freeze over?) The tax codes are so complicated and overbearing. I think that once they figure out a way to put meters over our mouthes and noses, the air will be taxed as well.
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