Yes, it’s time for yet another rant and Weekend Sermonette
“Dr. Everything’ll be alright (the Beverly Hills shrink)
Will make everything go wrong
Pills and thrills and dafodills will kill
Hang tough children” – Prince (RIP), Let’s go Crazy
Prince Rogers Nelson died of a drug overdose a couple of days ago. He should have taken his own advice (above).
Continuing with the Sermonette (rant):
I’m a proponent of military service for young men in particular. I’ve had a number of work colleagues over the years approach me about the difficulties that their sons have had. In most cases, I recommended the military for a number of reasons. You can learn a trade, go to school, see the world and get paid to do it. If you don’t know how to tie your shoes or wipe your ass, they will train you to do that. In fact, they will teach you everything that you need to know to be a functioning, working, productive human being.
Boys who don’t have that sort of forced direction (away from mommy and daddy) struggle with “finding themselves”. Nothing is better for a young man than being part of a team doing important things. Nothing is better than learning to get up in the morning, make your bed, keep your gear clean, shine your shoes and be respectful. And while there are jerks in the service, I found that there were fewer there than elsewhere (by proportion). Some, like current Secretary of State John (Swiftboat) Kerry, turned out to be genuine turds. You can cite these examples all day, but they are the exception, not the rule.
Joe Dincol became the iconic face of ObamaCare
as ‘pajama boy’, sitting around the house with a cup
of hot chocolate, talking about who was going to pay
for his health insurance.
Some young men don’t meet the physical requirements necessary to join the military, others have issues, or they’re on their way to higher education – but there is education that is not in any text book and based on my experiences in life, it is more valuable. I have a Masters in mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School but what I learned out ‘there’, has had significantly more value to me than the sheep skin.
The important thing for young men is to go out, well beyond their comfort zone and learn to deal with it…whatever comes.