Therefore, from the start, society distracts every single child from birth. It tells the child it should be someone else. A child becomes not himself or herself, but rather someone who Society needs at that time. If Society is at war, then Society will put up advertisements about how great a life a soldier has. It will shout out that soldiers are serving their country for good, justice, honor, bravery, etc. when really all that is happening is some young naïve men are being asked to fulfilled an agenda that some older men decided high up in government. So in this case, Society needs to build soldiers to meet its own ends.
Suppose we are in a booming economy, and the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of a country is soaring. Suddenly, the investment banks and the savings and loans need to have “bean-counters (thus students majoring in business in college). If society needs bankers, it makes all its young citizens learn math and accounting in college. If they do not wish to conform and persist in majoring in Art History or English, they will be jobless and hungry after graduation because there will be no jobs available for them. Therefore, they will have to return to school to conform to Society’s needs.
I recall something interesting watching PBS about medieval times. At that time, Society did not need bankers, they needed artists! Everyone was painting and sculpting, and artists were commissioned to do lots and lots of work. So, majoring in the arts actually would and could land you a job back then, unlike today.
Today, our Great Society needs engineers, especially in IT (Information Technology), Web Developers and Computer Science majors because the World Wide Web, the Internet, is responsible for everything and needed for everything. Therefore, all the individuals don’t really have free choice in this matter either. The college recruiters are all called in and those who dared to major in an average Liberal Arts major like Psychology or Sociology are left out and saddled with giant school loans that can only be repaid by their working at a job like at McDonald’s.
This is how tragic stories develop. Someone really wants to be a music major, but with the Internet and with television and with other mass media available today, you can have just a few great entertainers entertaining most of the world. Therefore, society’s need of the number of musicians are seriously decreased. So, in order to survive, he changes his major into something else entirely, like computer science. But then, he is miserable, because that is not what he wanted to do with his life and career, but Society had a different plan for him.