Nature is organized so that is comes down to a simple premise, survival of the fittest. Same with High School sports.
In the gym because of the football game lightning delay, we watched the girls volleyball team practice for 30 minutes. The coach was running them through one drill after another.
So they can compete and hopefully, win.
Came home to a hawk in the front yard. We could tell it had caught some prey but couldn’t tell what. And then as we pulled into the drive it became clear…it was a squirrel. Too heavy for the hawk to fly away.
“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
But not sure how. It’s kinda deep, and yet it’s not. It’s important, but most don’t see it.
Why? because people are afraid. Fear is a survival tactic that was bestowed on early humans to help them avoid being eaten. What caveman wouldn’t want that?
Want you to know, upfront, that this has only been a revelation in the last year or so for me. And it is the five-a-day blog writing that has awakened the truth. And the truth is, most of us lack courage.
There are true alpha dogs in the human pack, but not nearly as many as you might think. I digress.
Ever listen to people offering advice about what’s important? Next time listen more closely.
Do you hear them using their own examples, struggles, triumphs,? Or do they use someone else’s? Or maybe no examples at all, just theory?
My theory is not much has changed since we lived in caves, except fewer of us get eaten when we walk outside.