I’ve been a big proponent of learning practical skills for quite some time now. I’m married to someone who can cook, embroider, wire a house, unplug a toilet, neuter a cat, and build custom-made shelves. His impressive resume has made life easier for our family.
Sadly, schools no longer teach practical skills, such as carpentry and sewing, but when you think of survival, what could be more important than someone skilled in hooking up a home with electricity or running pipe to get water from Point A to Point B?
Here, Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Job” makes a compelling case for learning blue-collar skills and teaching them to the next generation.
It’s interesting that these same types of skills and workers will be in high demand when it comes to survival. It would be ironic if, after a disaster or complete collapse, the very people who will be needed in the rebuilding will be the most scarce after being second-class citizens in the eyes of many people.
By the way, if you’re in the mood for a few laughs and a bit of squeamishness, check out Mike Rowe’s explanation of his lamb castration experience.
(Thanks, Po, for the Mike Rowe tip!)
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