Sometimes I feel that we've been indoctrinated into a society which fosters hostility - or even fear - towards creativity; self-belief; intellectualism. [The latter of which is most obvious, just look around PD and you'll find the underachieving self-described geniuses who say they're too lazy to maximise their potential. (Something you're supposed to grow out of after age thirteen, when you were using your own perceived superior intelligence as an excuse for your inferior social awkwardness, but I digress.)] I think the Western World has been enforcing an ideology in the postindustrial age that in order to be successful, one must be a conservative dreamer. Obviously this has its truism merits. Getting a degree in Engineering is obviously more stable than studying Art History. Fair enough. But if someone is convicted enough in their self-belief and thinks they can be successful at their chosen field of pursuit, then he or she should be able to at least find out if the world values his own output as much as he or she does. I feel like when people go down this route, they are often met with criticism, cynicism, skepticism, little of which has to do with commonsenseonomics and more to do with the insecurity complexes of the naysayers.
This post probably could have been written better but fuck it, I'm way too tired for this.