“What should a young male of 21 know, and what should he be able to do?
There are no conclusive answers to those questions, but they are certainly worth asking.
A young man should know how this country is run and how it got that way.
He should know the Federalist Papers and de Tocqueville, and he should know recent world history. If he does not know what has been tried in the past, he cannot very well avoid those pitfalls as they come up in the future.
A young man should be computer literate and, moreover, should know Hemingway from James Joyce. He should know how to drive a car well–such as is not covered in Driver’s Ed.
He should know how to fly a light airplane. He should know how to shoot well. He should know elementary geography, both worldwide and local. He should have a cursory knowledge of both zoology and botany. He should know the fundamentals of agriculture and corporate economy.
He should be well qualified in armed combat, boxing, wrestling and judo, or its equivalent.
He should know how to manage a motorcycle.
He should be comfortable in at least one foreign language, more if appropriate to his background. He should be familiar with remedial medicine.
These things should be accomplished before a son leaves his father’s household.” — Col. Jeff Cooper
Do you have weekends off? I do not. Never have. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I do have Saturday and Sunday off together. However, it’s nothing I can count on. And I’m okay with that.
Because I work in Central Florida, and many people here have a job that revolves around the world-class Orlando Destinations – Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Florida beaches.
In fact, our home is next door to Disney. Our Church is next door to Universal Studios. Sea World is not far either. Our Cub Scout Pack is currently camping at Fort Desoto Beach on Florida’s west coast.
Interesting to note though, my wife Cheryl has had weekends off her entire life. We, like many Families, just have to figure it out. And when we do get to have a Saturday off together, we try to balance all the stuff we need to do, with all the stuff we want to do.
The fact that it’s going to be sunny and 82 degrees today should make it easier to decide. Carpe diem.