"Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match." Karl Kraus
hahaha, couldn't agree with you more. i have been asking myself the same question probably all my life. i think the post you made about the old man in the slums the other day in such a poor state but lucky to have that lady looking after him, but no help from the State or the numerous rich and powerful in Thailand, sums up my attitude that we really only live in the pre early modern age. if i could do a job of my choice, now i am 51, i would work at the very highest level possible to be part of making this planet a better place for everyone and everything on it. life is too short and precious to squander. i would invent the end of global poverty (after all man invented money in the first place), make sure education emphasizes the correct qualities for adult life etc etc, oh and ban warfare. it was simpler when i was younger, i simply wanted to be as professional pilot and travel the world. when you see a downs syndrome child or like you old man in the slums, this really is reality that is shit for them. and some of the stupidest people i have met all have university degrees. and yes, i remind myself that i am patently an idiot regularly just to keep things simple.
Yea, he's very lucky.
Being stupid really has very little to do with education, although of course in some cases, specialized cases, there are things you need a college education to do the job.
I figure I might be able to do some good with my camera and this is one way to give back. Around 15 years ago I was whining to a really good documentary photographer about being unable to make a living. I've got kids, a wife, blah, blah, blah. Luckily I got a job working in boxing.
But what he told me stuck with me...you don't do it for the money, you do it for the love of doing what you're doing. If that means sleeping in a tent or doing without, that's what you do. That is the life of an artist. We're fortunate to be able to cover our expenses but in order to be a photojournalist, it costs. Sometimes it's a struggle, sometimes not, but if I start getting down about it, or anything else, I remember how good we actually have it compared to people like Bang.