Yesterday, at a Design Anthropology lecture, I asked the lecturer this question:
"Do you think that designing products to meet the needs of a consumer causes consumers to rely on comforts and only want these comforts, or better designs, because the products can be redesigned? It seems as though, especially in first world countries, products create culture, rather than supplement culture."
She was deeply confused, could not answer, and another woman in the far back of the room had to automatically chime in to remind her that I had asked her a philosophical question regarding her belief system; to find out who she is.
It is extremely exciting to find out that the people with PhDs only get what they want because they are after the money involved, have no real opinions, and probably went into Anthropology having them. Where these viewpoints go is not for me to know. What I have realized is that if someone cannot tell you their whole-hearted, gut ethical feelings, they only worked hard enough to build clout with their peers. IE: letters of recommendation, public relations, and so on. I on the other hand, have a purpose, and have no need for alienation from myself; I don't EVER want to fit in just to "get ahead", I want to be so outcast that I create unknown worlds in which I am happy, in which no one can figure out why.
Alternatively, and therefore, the lesson I learned, is have hard-working ethics to a degree, but never, never obtain a PhD just to work for a company like Kinkos, Pepsi, or any cell phone company just to "make ends meet".
She said she was "into" health food.