So when did we all lose the ability figure stuff out?
I mean just simple stuff like righty-tighty-lefty-loosy, shit runs downhill, etc. Basic physics are seemingly beyond the grasp of most of our younger generation. And it’s not just physics– math is another black art. When’s the last time someone counted you back change? Saddly, if you’re under thirty the answer is most likely: never. Our nation’s approach to science and physics is slowly becoming more and more like that scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail where Sir Bedevere deduces a woman must be a witch because she weighs more than a duck.
At the risk of sounding like a crumudgeon, what the hell’s wrong with kids these days?!?
As the off-shoring of America marches onward, past manufacturing and into the service sector, I can’t help but wonder if it’s a bad thing. Why should we make stuff anyway? We no longer know how.
The net effect of our Industrial Devolution seems to be a generation who can barely manage to pump their own gas. Is it a lack of mechanical prowess? Maybe. I think it’s a basic lack of curiosity. Today the most basic principles of physics are now considered befuddling by a huge portion of Americans. My generation pondered the mysteries of science– but the collective response from our puzzled masses seems to be a collective, “Huh?”
Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places to find the tinkerers and gearheads of the 21st Century.