I think that what I really object to is the way everyone always elides the intractable disconnect between credentialing and education. I don’t want to go to grad school just to check a box, and I have a hard time seeing any actual advantage to spending 3-4 years grinding through a series of online lectures about IT supply chain management, aside from that shiny piece of parchment.
I feel like one of those gold bugs who refuses to comprehend that money doesn’t have to actually be a physical object of permanent value, and instead dives into conspiracy theories about how fractional-reserve banking and the Fed are systematic theft machines. I refuse to accept that cultural capital is actually just whatever we say it is. I really want a degree to have a real and relevant value, and not just be a way to keep out the rabble and network Our Sort of People.