I read an excellent post written by Angela Maiers, titled, "Broke, Busted, and Disgusted." It talked about how we send our students and ourselves to colleges and rack up a huge debt getting a degree that they may not even be able to use. So, they go to work because they have to, not fulfilling their dreams or using their unique talents to their full potential, because they have to make money to pay bills. Then they buy stuff and more stuff like homes and stuff to fill the homes, etc. which builds more debt which they will slave to pay off. It robs people of their freedom to have the time to serve others and fulfill their passions. It was a really well written article. Plus, she goes around to high schools and tries to open teenagers eyes to this reality, hopefully sparing the next generation from making the same mistakes.
Here is a link to her blog and my response.