When we think about NS, we usually think of military defence – and this is the most obvious function of it. But what we often miss is the relevance of NS to unemployment figures. While detractors say NS is bad for job seekers, I’m going to try playing the devil’s advocate and suggest the opposite may be true.
It’s judgmental, and it’s sometimes wrong; but I’ll say it anyway. I know how successful you’ll be in life when I hear you talk at dinner, with about 75% accuracy. And not just dinner either – in almost any sort of interaction, there is a simple gauge I use, which tends to be correct:
The notion of destiny (or fate, or predestiny, or any other variant) shut down my career prospects right up to the age of 25. Even more seductive was its close companion, “meaning” – there’s a dangerous allure behind the idea of a grand plan, a me-shaped hole in the universe, which we were each born to fulfill.