Both choices here have drawbacks. Nobody wants to date a jerk -- let alone marry one. But how does a drop-out ever become fiscally responsible? America has turned into a White-Collar society. Read the Help Wanted ads in the newspaper, or check-out CareerBuilder online. Most employers want degrees (usually a Bachelor or higher) & experience. If an individual doesn't have it, they aren't given a chance. So, the sweet drop-out stays broke & flipping burgers for life. He's too financially strained to go on a date -- let alone marry.
That doesn't mean ALL dropouts end up like that.
Look at Walt Disney.
I don't care if it was a different time then.
What did he have?
That's what makes you successful.
If a dropout doesn't have that, then he/she is screwed.
Just because a successful dropout is rare, it doesn't mean we will never see one.
1. I desire higher education for the knowledge, not for the money.
2. It appears that people care more about money than love nowadays. I care about my money too, of course, but we need to stop always depending on pieces of paper to get us food and shelter. 10,000,000 years ago we had to catch our food and build our shelters. I'm really happy we have the lives we have now, but now we act like spoiled brats whenever it's taken away from us. Learn now to hunt. Learn how to make shelter. We wouldn't even be here if it weren't for the ones that did so!
I don't care if it's a different time. It works. There is still wilderness out there. There are still people living in the woods who are doing just fine.
TheINFJofINFJS ... Walt Disney is a prime example of how America used to be -- note the past tense. Once upon a time, in this country, an individual with creativity & motivation could do a lot. But, today, our society is very different. I'm not saying it's better. Personally, I think it isn't. Still, we have to live in it & adjust to change. Today, if your resume doesn't fit the textbook example, it hits the trash. HR doesn't waste time on drop-outs. That's just the cold, hard truth. While you may not desire a higher education for money, it takes that green stuff to just survive. Can you honestly say you know individuals "living in the woods" without water, heat, electricity? These individuals live where? A cave? If they have a cabin, then they pay taxes. Like utilities, that takes money. Do they hunt & fish for every meal? Or do they drive into town & shop at the supermarket? That too takes money. Obviously, this is a subject very close to your heart. Or does it describe someone close to your heart? If it's the latter, the best thing that you can do is encourage them to finish their education. The real world is far from the Magic Kingdom!