Saturday, February 7, 2015
Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap...
...we should soon want bread.
And your children in school would eat moldy, rotten food. Link to the story.
I have said consistently that all the answers we need to return America back toward our founding ideals can be found in our past. Mister Jefferson's "sow & reap" quote is certainly applicable to school lunches, and nearly every other issue into which FedGov inserts itself.
The days of the Renaissance Man are over. The body of knowledge is simply too vast for any one man to master, anymore. As we all know, our world is today one of specialties. The odds that your pediatrician performs surgeries are nearly nil. The odds that your plumber can properly repair your roof are slim. This specialization is a net-negative for mankind. The mental processes that lead one to think that specialization is good is the same mental process that permits the average man to stand aside in self-doubt instead of stepping forward to right a wrong in his midst. That is someone else's job. I've never lifted a car off a person before, better wait for the rescue squad. I've never balanced a federal budget, better leave it to the experts.
Most of you who read this blog have probably muttered the same sentiment I did: Hokum!
Most of us believe a man should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
No, very few Humans will ever be as proficient in brain surgery as they are in Astrophysics - but that isn't the point. Nor is excelling in one pursuit a bad thing - so long as one never surrenders a base-level of competence in the rest of the skills necessary to life.
I hold common sense as the rarest and most valuable trait among most Americans today. In my life I have found there are particular groups of Americans who have common sense in abundance, and there are many groups among us who seem abjectly bereft.
If you possess common sense, you already know what must be done to save our country, our ideals, and the future for our posterity. If you have found yourself holding back for any reasons - it's time to push through that mental block and begin applying heavy doses of common sense to everyone and everything around you.
You know what must be done to eliminate the Stupid from our midst.
Let's do it.
Posted by K at 10:21 AM