Yesterday as I was running around the greater Tampa Florida area, visiting friends and wasting time, I noticed it was trash day. Lots of cans, placed neatly next to curbs. One caught my eye; someone had tossed out a ladder.
Who throws away a ladder? I resisted the urge to pull over and grab the ladder for myself (my friends would have questioned my dumpster diving). This waste really bothered me, I have three ladders, I do not need another one but I see it as a sign of the times.
When I was a child we had, shop class, you could learn basic skills in schools. We had electrical, mechanical, automotive, welding, carpentry, woodworking, metalworking, drafting, general business, home economic and on it went. You could pick the elective of your choice and see if you had talents in that area or you could try several others. In our school, we made lamps, sold stock in our “company”, sold our lamps and earned a profit. Every year, that lesson was reinforced, we made, sold and earned.
I would have repaired that ladder, there are no special ladder repair skills needed, just a few bolts and maybe a scrap piece of metal. To show my disgust with that ladder tossing dirtbag, I went home and used my ladder to clean gutters and repair a roof. I like my ladder it is a favorite toy.
I watch people, they fascinate me, overhear complaints of young people, they have no money in their account, everything costs more money, they are getting less hours, horror story after horror story.
What I do not hear is, I repaired “X”, I fixed an “X”, I am building “X”, I saved. Why doesn’t America’s youth know how to fix, repair and build? Are today’s youth lazy or just beaten down by a society that discourages independence? What can you teach the youth in your life?
Young people, if I can offer one bit of advice it would be to understand what true independence means. Learn not to talk but to do; at the minimum, you should at least try. How much money can a family today save by repairing, building, growing, stock piling, canning. I cannot answer that question but you can.
Get up, off twitter and do. Make what you need and sell the rest, offer your skills to others, ever hear of the barter system? Do not be afraid of failure, when I was your age a failed project was a prototype and useful scrap for another day.
While we still live in a nation that allows you to explore, to learn and to do, take advantage of it. Learn new skills and earn while you learn. At the very least, you will know that you never, ever throw away a ladder.Explore posts in the same categories: By Ronin, Economics, Editorial