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Veni Vidi Vici by Msgr. Marren

June 9, 2017

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by Rev. Msgr. Hugh Marren, Pastor

Veni Vidi Vici (I came; I saw; I conquered). This Latin phrase is popularly attributed to Julius Caesar, who apparently used it in a letter to the Roman Senate around 47BC after he had achieved a swift victory at the battle of Zela in Asia Minor (now Turkey).

I think about this phrase as I listen to the continual conversation on the topic of education across the United States. This topic is debated in the homes, in the public square and in the public arena. The discussions run from the cost of education to improving education in our schools and colleges and of course who should pay for it. From my perspective, I believe that this topic of education will continue to find its place on the debating platform for many years to come.

I remember about eight or nine years ago Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and presently one of the wealthiest people in the world, gave a speech at a high school about the eleven things they did not learn at school. In this he joined a host of others who have written in the same vein trying to get the attention of our young minds and set them on the right road in books like “Dumbing down America,” by Charlotte Thomson and “Dumbing down Our Kids,” by Charles J. Sykes. 

Bill Gates talked about how feel good politically correct teachings have created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept, or lack thereof, set them up for failure in the real world. I feel confident that he would also have something to say about our safe spaces taking place on college and university campuses. I now offer his insights on the real world as Mr. Gates offered them to those students in the hope that our students today may reflect on them over the summer and in the fall be better prepared to continue their education for the real world: 

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your selfesteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with the winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one

In closing let me say you may agree or disagree with Bill Gates but in the real world, in the world of business and entrepreneurship Bill Gates can honestly say in the words of the Ancient Warrior Veni Vidi,Vici and to ignore his advice maybe at our own peril.  

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