November 11, 2015

The Solution to the Student Debt Crisis.

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Chasing the American Dream

Kelly is a dear friend of mine. She worked hard all the way through college and graduate school, getting top grades.

After graduation, she came to realize that her Ph.D. had no value, she was buried in debt, and as a result, lost all passion for her profession. She thought she was following the American dream: going to college, becoming a Ph.D., and living happily ever after. That was certainly the direction everyone was pushing her: her parents, her teachers, and even her government, through an easy to obtain student loan program.

It breaks my heart.

Kelly is a vibrant and intelligent young woman. She tried to do everything right, but was channeled down the well-intended, but narrow-minded pathway of the student loan syndrome. Now for Kelly, the American dream seems out of reach.

She has no idea when, how, and if she will ever get out from under her mounds of student loan debt.

Likely, you know other young people like Kelly—members of the lost generation drowning in debt, while their whole life lies before them. They may be college graduates, but their life has been stripped of passion, buried beneath a mountain of debt with limited job opportunities.

The Student Debt Burden

Americans carry a bigger debt burden on student loans than on credit card and auto loans. Our country’s student debt bubble has surpassed $1.2 trillion dollars, leaving millions of people struggling to repay their debts while also not being able to afford the daily costs of living.

Should the price of education really be such a lifelong burden?

How can we remedy this massive economic bubble before it bursts?

On one hand, government-backed student loan programs are good things in that they enable more people to pursue a higher education. On the other hand, by artificially subsidizing loans, the government has allowed universities to drive four-year tuitions far beyond what an average family can actually afford. What’s more, college and advanced degrees are no longer guarantors of landing a desirable job.

It’s a frustrating cycle of buying into a dream, not seeing it materialize, and then getting stuck with a lifetime burden of loans for an impractical degree.

What a mess!

Furthermore, this system creates in our young people a mentality that education is free. You know how that is. The years until one has to start paying off their loan feels so far away. As a result, people are almost impulsively getting degrees, only to find that what they’ve been prepared for is not what they want to do with their life.

Even if it is what they want to do, those degrees have become so plentiful they can’t even get a job.

Hindsight is 20/20

How could this have been prevented? Broader vision. The well-intended ideal of making higher education available to everyone is lovely. However, the consequences, though unforeseen, are now glaring. Of course, there are those who insist the solution is to go even further by making higher education available to everyone for free—a lovely but narrow viewpoint. Pragmatics needs to be considered, and the long-term consequences of our actions need to be evaluated wisely.

Who is going to pay for that education? How much higher would that drive tuition? How many more devalued degrees can this nation withstand?

How many future generations do we want to enslave before their life has really even begun?

We are creating bubbles all over the place through narrow vision. Mortgage bubbles, fiscal bubbles, housing bubbles. Society has become a veritable bubble bath! The solution for all these bubbles is the same as the solution for all things in life.

Consciousness needs to be expanded. We must overcome limited thinking. Vision must be expanded. Good intentions must be tempered with rational thought.

A young person’s educational choices must be based upon thoughtful commitment rather than an impulsive following of the herd. Government programs must not be simplistic, but rather should consider the full spectrum of possible consequences. Pressures to channel all the nation’s young people down the same narrow path is poorly thought out at best. The diversity of possible life directions must be honored. Politicians promising to fix the student loan bubble must evaluate wisely, while considering all the consequences of their actions. Critical thought must replace oblivion.

As long as the government keeps ‘helping’ students, overall tuitions will continue to rise, creating an enslaved generation, drowning in debt.

We need to start electing government officials who have a broader grasp of the problem. Superficially, it sounds great: loan (or even give) everybody money so they can get an education. Saying such a thing can get a politician more votes if the public isn’t thinking very deeply. The question really boils down to how we can go about broadening the awareness, the depth of insight, in all of the people. To do so, things must be presented in a manner that makes sense.

Speak Out

What can you do? You can speak out, encouraging everyone to look deeper than the surface. It can’t just be an emotional appeal, nor can it be a purely intellectual argument full of statistics. For something to really make sense, it has to feel right deep in a person’s heart, while simultaneously making sense on the intellectual level.

Before you can be a part of making that change in our society, you have to first live it yourself. Is your perspective an emotional reaction? Or is it coming from the place of wisdom within you, where the heart and mind meet as one? First, take your time to think things through. Find that wisdom place within yourself. Formulate your perspectives based upon that place where the heart, mind, ideals, and pragmatics merge in full harmony with one and other, then speak from that place.

A Bale of Corn

At first glance, this may all seem obvious. But the following simple story illustrates how challenging that is for most people:

I was conducting a long weekend lecture series. At one point, I simply said that if you have one bale of corn available for all the people in a town, the price goes up. It is simple supply and demand. Of course, if there are bushels of corn all over the place, the corn becomes inexpensive. Everything is like that. College degrees are like that. The U.S. dollar is like that.  Again, simple supply and demand.”

I thought that would be the end of it and we could move on.  But the uproar in the room led to an emotional fervor that was beyond belief: “Everybody has the right to have some corn! What you are saying is terrible!” “That’s why we need stronger unions, so this sort of thing wouldn’t happen!” “For you to make a statement like that, you must be a Republican!” “This is why I hate politics! All the government officials should just go to jail.” “I don’t care for this at all! I just prefer to do positive thinking! Why do you have to be so negative?!”

Flabbergasted, I tried to calmly explain the point, but it only made people more furious: “All this money talk makes me sick! I hate money!” “That’s right. We should just do away with money and everything would be fine!” The intensity of emotion in the room was almost unbearable. For a second there, I just wanted to just get out of the room and likely, so did everybody else. This went on for what felt like hours. I would like to say we came to a final happy resolution, but we did not. There was no way people were going to come back into balance until we just dropped the subject.

This little story illustrates the magnitude of the challenge we have in correcting emotionally charged legislation regarding student loans. Of course, a completely unbridled ‘of, by, and for the money’ approach doesn’t work either.

So again, the intellect and the emotions have to become integrated. They need to work as one.

Starting a Movement

How to do this? Step one is to understand the problem and come to grips with it. As the story above so graphically illustrates, even that is not so easy to do. To actually live true to that understanding on a daily basis in a spontaneous and innate manner is even more challenging, and requires time and effort.

This is all done on an individual level.

Eventually, those individuals must speak out. Some will write articles like this one, some will participate in demonstrations, others may patiently discuss it with friends and associates, still others may become lobbyists, and so on. If enough people do this, in time, they will come together and create what is known as a movement. As that movement becomes strong, politicians will be forced to listen.

Of course, movements are confronted with opposition from the status quo. Clearly the path is not an easy one.

Everybody would like a pie-in-the-sky instant fix for this predicament we find ourselves in. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is there is no quick fix. To transform our society takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight.

Society needs to sober up, one person at a time.

The question is, are you, for yourself, willing to take that first step?

I think at first glance, everybody thinks they’ve already done that. But you need to ask yourself, have you?

Have you really? And over and above that, would you then be willing to act as a beacon light to infuse sanity into a society that seems to have gone insane?







The American Culture of Debt.

Hey, Uncle Sam! Bank on Students to Stabilize Our Economy.



Author: Dr. Michael Mamas

Editor: Renée Picard

Image: hardtopeel at Flickr 

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Randy Nov 20, 2015 7:21am

Like most rational people Dr. Mamas looks at the student debt with the assumption that government, as flawed as it is, is generally trying to do the right thing but just missed the mark. Dr. Mamas says the solution is to look deeper…amen.
However the world is not as it would seem and humanity is waking up.
I met the Lead Council (Head Lawyer) for the world bank in 2013. Her name is Karen Hudes, a Yale Educated attorney with 20 years at the World Bank. She is a whistleblower and explained that we live in a specifically designed system of DEBT slavery. Student debt is the trap for millenials.
During the 1500's 1600's and 1700's there was, as we all know, a thriving physical slave trade. Slavery is the theft of labor and all rights. Once humanity matured to a certain level that became unacceptable. The bankers or BANKSTERS if you prefer morphed the system to what we still endure today.
Our monetary system must be constantly expanded because all money is debt created by private banks "lending money into existence" is necessary to repay interest. So when you go to get a mortgage the bank doesn't have that money but they are authorized to create it.
It is nothing but a fiction. Once money is transferred to a closing attorney the debt becomes real. They have given you nothing but it requires 30 years to pack typically. No walls, no guards but your labor is stolen. They are not only aware but proud of the system. It allows bankers to be flooded with money to buy and control governments, corporations including the War Profiteers and last but not least the media (its all 1 team).
Once this is understood everything is. Governments are forced into wars by Bankers it is both good for Banksters and their companies and keeps the population down. Napoleon said "A government that does not control it money has no power" He should know. The Rothchild Bankers funded both sides of the battle of Waterloo. They also own almost every central bank in the world except countries like Syria and Iran (see) and formally Libya and Iraq. Geopolitics explained, terrorism explained.
President George H.W. Bush announced the "New World Order" for the first time on the floor of Congress 9/11/1991 10 years to the minute before 9/11. 9/11 has been correctly referred to as the Fascist coming out party. The "patriot act is a near copy of the Nazi Constitution from WWII. Also 9/11 was the largest bank heist in history. !00 billion in gold, 100billion in diamonds, 100billion in bearer bonds (remember Cantor Fitzgerald that was wiped out?). Who was CEO of the security firm for the Twin Towers? Marvin Bush brother of George W…..hmmm.
So back to student debt. Here is the Fascist play. Students will be offered government jobs or an opportunity to be literal debt slaves. They have been given a fiction and as Dr. Mamas described so well lives are not lived fully. My only critique here is that the system is by design, brilliant design. This system was in place when we we signing our Declaration of Independence.
The play for students is to get everyone on the government dole. Depopulation is a huge player. Goals etched in stone literally (see Georgia Guide Stones). See Bill gates TED talk "Through the proper use of vaccines we can limit population". This used to be called genocide…..he got an ovation.
Terrorism is also a tool. All terrorists attacks are False Flag events. Even Paris last week. A million people with camera cell phones, cameras on every street but not one picture of an actual gunman??? An active shoot drill hours before just like Sandyhook, Boston Marathon, 9/11 and London.
In case you are not aware, according to the FBI major crimes data base, the number of homicides in Newtown Conn in 2012 (Sandyhook) was 0 yes zero!. No one died and 30 minutes on youtube is all anyone needs to know. No death certificates ever filed either..
Have I lost anyone? Printing money is the ultimate power (secular) on planet earth.
Personally I see an epic failure of the NWO or Agenda 21 etc. This is a time in human history when humanity as a whole focuses all their attention on governments and how money is created. With the new Speaker of the House Ryan they immediately passed a house bill to monitor the FED. The FED is the greatest threat to humanity right now. People not government will be the solution.
Also be aware that climate change is about global tax to fund global government…bankers again. The planet is a mess but politicians choose taxes while people choose permaculture. Look at solution being proposed and you can spot a shill in a second.
Connecting the dots!

Nov 18, 2015 2:12pm

I appreciate this fresh, practical look at addressing the student debt bubble. (Despite the apparent position of the image,) the article's suggestions move beyond the typical right/left perspective binary. I find it both realistic and hopeful, in its understanding of what it takes for society to change course…

Todd Nov 15, 2015 6:59pm

great article and comments….shifting the group consciousness like Tanya organically has done and Dr Mamas suggests is really the only way. I imagine it will take some time, but have hope because it just makes too much sense.

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Dr. Michael Mamas

Dr. Michael Mamas is the founder of The Center of Rational Spirituality, a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the integration of ancient spiritual wisdom with modern rational thought. From personal issues to global trends, Michael Mamas helps individuals and organizations develop a deeper understanding and more comprehensive outlook by providing a ‘bridge’ between the abstract and concrete, the Eastern and Western, and the ancient and modern. Michael Mamas writes on a variety of subjects on his blogs, michaelmamas.net and RationalSpirituality.org. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.