posted on Mar, 13 2016 @ 08:17 AM
a reply to: theboarman
I hear what you're saying. I knew a lot of people who had very similar experiences and hung out with plenty of them.
It used to bug me that so many of these people were told "You'll only be a carpenter", or a plumber, a tiler, etc etc. As if having a specialized
trade was a bad thing. I mean, if the plumbing in a teacher's house springs a major leak on a Sunday morning (Murphy's law of when these things spring
leaks), who are they gonna call? Someone with a PhD in water resource management?
In my case, I got through high school and went on to college, dropped out after a couple of years, then went back 7 years later after my first
marriage ended and finally got my diploma. In teaching.
My Dad was a mechanic in the Navy. Specialist in aircraft, working on carriers for the whole 8 years he was in. He taught me a lot of useful stuff,
but the most important thing I learned from him was to never stop learning and always try to gain new skills. He actually went back to school when he
was in his late 30s and wound up becoming an engineer. But on weekends, he still spent a lot of his time working on the family car, or making
furniture and other things for our home.
There's nothing wrong with getting a college education. There are some fields of knowledge where there's just no other way to really get the
knowledge. But I live by the motto that "all work is honorable". No-one should be put down or made to feel a lesser person just because they don't
have a diploma to hang on the wall. Everyone has their own talents and we should encourage people to discover them, develop them and use them.