I came across a video the other day and it got me thinking. I pride myself on the fact that with a little time and the right equipment I can make just about anything. I have in fact tested this on many occasions, sometimes its harder then others and sometimes I need advice for a mentor but, in the end the work gets done. There are two key things in this; first, a mentor, one of the things I think most young men and women are lacking these days is a mentor to help them learn and advance in the basic skills of life. Just like the fate of apprentices and masters in ever craft. Notice, I said mentor not role model. A role model is great, someone to aspire to be like and to look up too but, beyond moral behavior (which in my opinion should be covered by parents anyway) a role model doesn’t necessarily help with the rest. Second is the drive, the interest or down right curiosity about things. Everything is so accessible now that people don’t feel the need to go out and do it themselves. You want to know how an engine works? Take one apart, I guarantee you will know more then if you look it up on the internet and thats true for just able anything. Doing something with your hands will always be the quickest way for us as a species to learn no matter what people say about different learning types.
Adam Cramer of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles in the video below makes a point about Americans. He says we have lost the, “can do attitude” that was once the stereotype of an American and this is probably the thing that hit me hardest in this little rant. Because that is one of the greatest things about being American, we can do anything and if we don’t know how right now, I guarantee we will figure it out and do it tomorrow. This problem solving is being lost and these seemingly little things are what lead to innovation. No one ever invented anything sitting on the couch.
We have become a nation of consumers. We consume more then any other nation in the world but yet we make less and less. As of 2009 our greatest American export was waste paper. Thats right, our biggest export to the rest of the world is trash. I guess i wonder what ever happened to the America that places like Japan and Russia and the rest of the world envied. The America that said “in ten years we will put a man on the moon” and did. The America that saw three thousand miles of rough terrain and high peaks and said “sure, we can cross that.” What will happen to the “American Spirit” without these things that make us more.
Adam Cramer of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles out of Philly