reply to post by thunderabove
So you are saying that it was better to leave the most important part of your body completely unprotected while riding quickly on a concrete
surface? That sir. is not denying igorance.
No, it is called 'reminiscing'. All these things that you are reading and thinking "this is cruel" about are the things that endear us to our
youth. Why? Because we have some pride in the fact that we learned from the hardships and became better and stronger because of them.
I never heard of anyone dying from a head injury while on a bicycle. Never. Not once. And I myself have had a french kiss or two with asphalt. I got
up, picked up what was left of my bike, wiped the blood out of my eyes, and walked home. It hurt, yes. But it didn't kill me.
To this day, I have a slight half-moon scar in the middle of my forehead. It came from the business end of a rifle scope mounted on a .444 Marlin
lever-action rifle. I was showing off to some friends target shooting and thought the scope might be off, so I concentrated on the regular sights
instead. The scope was about an inch from my head when I squeezed the trigger.
It hurt. It bled pretty good for a few minutes. It even addled me for a couple seconds. But I never saw a doctor, never had stitches, didn't even
stop shooting. I was just more careful afterward.
Stupid? Yep. But I learned from it. Learning is never stupid.
This thread, is not denying ignorance, it is supporting it.
I disagree. This thread is about a growing problem with youth. They, you, have it so easy in many respects compared to what we had back then, and yet
you mention in a previous post all the crime and violence that kids today have to face.
There was violence back then as well, my friend. I have been cut. I have been shot at. But I learned quickly to stay away from those areas that could
get me seriously hurt, at least until I was strong enough and tough enough to venture there.
Looking back is ignorant.
looking back is ignorant. How do you know if you are going the right direction, if you don't know where you started? Or where you want to
EDIT to add: And selfish! you have no idea what i would give to have had the opportunity to grow up at an earlier point in time.
You know, technology may have changed, crime may be worse, but people have not changed. One can still live the same way we did, and even better by
using the newer technology. But in order to maintain the lifestyle we had back then, with all the pleasures that came with it, one must accept that
things do not always come easy in life. Sometimes you have to work for the things that you really need.
I mentioned that old VW. The turn signals didn't work when I got it, and while trying to fix them I discovered the world of electronics. All from a
little black box that controlled the flashing electronically that I knew nothing about. I never fixed that black box; I rewired it and made a bracket
to hold a regular flasher so I could drive it on the road. But it put me on a path that has led to a lifetime of work in electronics and power
systems, something I dearly enjoy.
Today, my father would probably have just drove to town and gotten a new one for me to keep me 'safe'. Thank God Almighty my dad didn't do that. I
would never have ripped the cover off it and discovered a whole new world inside.
A generation is built upon the good and the bad that it has to deal with. Your choices are based on your actions, not on the times, not on other
people. Learn that lesson, and the others will come.
[edit on 3/19/2010 by TheRedneck]