I just don't get it.
I see the same story time and time again.
Very bright young person is ready to conquer the world...
All kinds of "crazy" or "out there" ideas of how to do so...
Then slowly, the machine comes calling.
At first, it's an easy sell:
"Need a place to live? Need stuff? Need COMFORT? Need Entertainment? The machine will provide green pieces of paper to help you out!"
"Oh? I like those things...these green pieces of paper intrigue me..." you think.
But then you get there. Trading hours for dollars. Doing nothing that fulfills you personally, but that has great "value" for the machine.
Before you know it, the responsibilities start to pile up: rent...a car payment...a significant other...a dog...a house...a kid...the kid needs to go to college...etc...
All so those gears can keep on churning, the cogs can help the machine keep on running.
Do you ever ask WHY we do these things?
WHY the machine MUST be maintained?
What's the machine's goal, anyway?
Who are you ultimately doing favors for? What do you want to accomplish with your life?
My guess is that it's not making more green pieces of paper for someone else...