Yesterday, a man I was waiting on told me that I have wasted my undergraduate years on a useless degree, and I will eventually have to go to technical college to be able to support myself, just like his daughter had to after she majored in Philosophy. Everyone at the table agreed, and urged me to double major in something responsible like Pre-Law, with the implication being that if I didn't I would be stuck in my current job for far longer than I anticipated. When I told them it was too late for me to double major, I was met with an awkward silence.
To offset this unpleasantness, I was gifted with an extremely pleasant and uplifting conversation with my ultrasound technician this morning about how you never know which way the job market will shift, and philosophers may indeed be in high demand in coming years. We also discussed the recent ruling against Obama's moratorium on offshore drilling, and how we both secretly agreed with it because it was a political maneuver not based on facts.
These are the people to whom we should pay attention. Because, believe me, you would rather have me a homeless, broke thinker, than building your bridges.