I am starting my C++ class today. I am excited but I’ve been teaching it to myself for the past couple of months. I could follow in this direction but the autodidact is not given any respect until he can turn it into profit. Learning for the sake of learning is perceived the same way one perceives a jobless pothead.
“Hey, can you do the dishes?” , “Hey can you go to the grocery store?”
No, I’m learning!
Perhaps I just feel this way about myself and I’m unfairly ascribing it to the outside world. If I were to give C++ intense focus and learn it inside out the only person who would benefit would be me. If I add school to it, it legitimizes the pursuit.
Money changes everything.
Or I could write a successful app or game, and make a lot of money and then, bingo, auto-didactic tendencies validated. In the film “The Master’ a self help group has a handful or followers, by the end they have an entire school. If a small group believes your nonsense, it’s a cult, if a large group believes, it’s a religion.
However, money changing everything works the other way too. Say a creative young guy has a blog where he posts wacky, comedic gadgets he’s thought of. Say, a toaster hat. His website becomes very popular and everybody praises his ingenuity. He gets a show in Vegas where he’s gets to make money doing this, and suddenly, he’s Carrot Top and he’s a pariah.
I have wondered if some of the eccentric geniuses choose to live in isolation because they don’t fit in socially or if they just don’t want to listen to us bitch.
“Screams from the haters, gotta nice ring to it, I guess every superhero needs his theme music.” -Kanye West