Are Americans Losing Touch with DIY Skills?
Science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein once wrote: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
Are hands-on skills Ã¢â¬â€ building things, fixing things, operating machines and so on Ã¢â¬â€ really in decline?
Does this matter? And if people are becoming less mechanically handy, is that so bad? I think so Ã¢â¬â€ and not just because specialization is for insects.
We don't all have to be MacGyver, but from time to time all of us will face problems that can't be addressed with a laptop and a cellphone. In a genuine emergency, having some basic manual skills could be the difference between surviving comfortably and being totally helpless.
That is a very interesting article. What do you think about it?