Some people have been asking how it is possible that 29 year old Edward Snowden, our most recent whistleblower, was hired and given so much authority when he was a high school and college dropout who eventually only got his high school credentials through a G.E.D. program. They ask, how could anyone
so young be given so much responsibility particularly when he
has such an undistinguished educational background?
Interestingly, this is not an indictment of Snowden or those who hired him. If anything, it is an indictment of our failed educational system: a system which every year graduates from high school and college people who have been programmed to not think for themselves; in fact programmed to forget that character is a critically
essential part of being an educated, intelligent, useful contributor to society. How many college graduates now employed by our government or industry simply do what they are told to do without considering whether or not their jobs constitute useful work and honorable citizenship?
Among those asking questions about Snowden are elected officials, who spend most of their time raising money for future election campaigns rather than doing the job they were hired to do.
Apparently, by not staying in school, Snowden was able to retain his ability to think for himself and then muster the courage to do what honor required of him despite the misanthropic forces that
now would rather have him simply follow orders and hopefully
forget why he and his classmates used to put their hands over
their hearts and pledge allegiance to a republic that promised
liberty and justice for all..
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights