This guy appears to have been better educated, with his HS degree, than
most college graduates today ... and a damned sight more useful to
himself, and the world around him, by not being totally reliant on
someone else's labors.
While understandable that modern conveniences and culture puts pay to
much of the necessity for this type of self reliance, it is remarkable
and sad, when viewed with an age based perspective, to look around and
see so little of that, which was instrumental in making this country
exceptional, exhibited in today's culture.
<man, that's beautiful!>
I don't consider that a rant! I want to hear remarks like that
broadcast on TV, and in the newspaper (or smart phone--lol)!
Though I don't have exactly the same "perspective" that you have. I have
some experience with what you are talking about from my own experience
and from conversations I have had with others who I could practically
count as relatives (though they aren't really).
I think you've put your finger on some of motivations that make me a
multi-year subscriber to rec.woodworking.
I really enjoyed reading Mike Marlow's reply to your post too! "You go,
girl!!!" : )