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  • Writer's picturePete Ward

Anthropology of Development

For decades educational institutions have promoted careers in STEM, (science, technology, engineering, and math), as the only viable path to “success” — as it pertains to economic growth. The very idea of working with your hands instead of your mind has become viewed as undesirable in the lexicon of our ethos. Those who have done both know better, but unfortunately the emphasis on STEM jobs, and the outsourcing of manual labor abroad, has created less opportunity for young people to make informed decisions as to what kind of contribution they are best suited for.

Without lamps there'd be no light.
"Without lamps there'd be no light." ​ – John Bender

The semantics of worth in ourselves and others within the framework of capitalism is illogically based on income, instead of meaningful contribution. The inescapable infrastructure that surrounds us was created with disregard for our 200,000 year process of evolution and genetic dependence on direct contact with nature and our psychological need for contribution to community — human rights which have been obliterated by corporate persuasion, mass production, and outsourcing. The danger in depriving men of their evolutionary right and genetic impulse to contribute and protect family and tribe is a story which has played out with countless historical examples. Boys and men, generally speaking, have less aptitude for sitting patiently in front of a screen for hours at a time, often for an intangible or irrelevant outcome. But, regardless of gender, we all deserve options for attaining a sense of connection to those around us through communal contribution. There are jobs which serve capitalism for the sake of the capitalists, and there are jobs which serve humans for the sake of humanity. One of these categories, in recent times, has been aptly labeled “essential.” It doesn’t require a college degree to understand that those with such a title deserve an equal piece of the pie.


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