Is Self-Reliance Dead?

srWhat has happened to America? As a society, there have been some significant changes in my not-so-long life. Things like “the golden rule” used to be taught both in the home and in school, but the prevalence of road rage and the utter absence of simple acts such as holding the door for the person behind you are evidence of its demise. People used to be concerned nearly as much about their fellow citizens as they were about themselves. People used to be somewhat self-sufficient, and were taught real world skills even as early as grade school. Where did that country go?

This struck me last night while having a conversation with a coworker. He was telling me that his teenage son, who had two years of high school auto shop under his belt, did not know how to check the oil level in his truck or even add air to a low tire. For TWO years, he and his classmates had been learning nothing more than how to do a brake job. Now, apply that to inability to do simple tasks to all of society. How many people these days are unable to do such simple tasks themselves? How many people are unable to change the spare tire on their car? Repair a leaky pipe? Replace a broken fence post?

Seventy years ago, during WWII, practically no American would have dreamed of calling someone to fix a leaky sink, or to wait for a tow truck to put on their spare tire. Besides the expense and delays in waiting for…

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