No Kidding? Like a carnival, carnival? What did you do? My Dad was a carny briefly.I, being in the front end of the Boomers lead the wave into university. Sucking at STEM subjects I enrolled in the Arts. I had zero ambition of pursuing a career out of university. I went to university with the lofty goals of studying the big ideas at the feet of PhD's.....the Masters! It took me about half way through my first semester to be disabused of that silly notion. But I stayed on for 4 more years as I loved drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and solving the world's problems......at least in my head. I worked from 12 til 23 in the carnival making great money so I had no need for a career out of university. I had a good paying job already graduating from uni with money in the bank and bought a house. Never was part of any solution but for much of my adult life I avoided, as best I could, making the situation worse.
I too studied the arts, at an Art School that specialized in Avant Garde art, lots of big ideas but also an emphesis on actually doing things. It was a pretty good education in learning to think, problem solving, and the like. We were not 'art history' or 'studies studies' types.
For the record, I'm not advocating that everyone go into STEM, but if you a kid who majors in complaining, and yet you want others to fix the world for you, you're part of the problem you're complaining about. I see so many who demand action, yet their idea of participation gets no closer than being willing to study the problems, not the solutions. Through out our childhoods there was a lot of scientific progress. It didn't all better the world, but now that it came to a screeching halt in the early 1970s it feels like we're in trouble. The only way forward is forward. If we have to go back to fix our problems we'd better start thinking in terms of mid 19th century lifestyles ... if we're that lucky!
if I had Bezos money I might spend it on designing a social media communication platform that was open source, anyone can look under the hood and see what's affecting what you send and recieve. I'd try to create something the opens up the distribution bottlenecks like the internet did in it's early days but with modern bandwidth and reasonable conditions if you want to broadcast something as high density as a movie. Amazon was working on stuff like this back when the atmosphere on the web went from the old wide open mentality to today's era of control. As soon as the pioneers of the web realized the extent of their power, that they were no longer scrappy revolutionaries, they began to act like the powers that be ... and it's no longer nearly as fun as it once was!