Satisfaction Working With Your Hands , A Lost Art?
My Friend Billy put this video link below up on his site, he got it from Hughes Handbuilt who got it from...
The fact of the matter is this video speaks the truth in volumes. Making things by hand while getting dirty is beneath so many youth today. They all want to start at the top and not have to get their hands dirty doing anything. Hell! It's not just today's youth. I remember visiting my Grandmother so many years ago. My brother and I had driven from Georgia to Alabama for a day visit. We sat around talking on her porch after cutting her grass, she used to cut it herself but ya know, anyway, drinking ice cold tea and chatting she tell us she couldn't get any neighbor kids to cut her grass for her. She had even offered a couple of kids $100 a week to cut her lawn using her mower and her gas. Guess what, stupid lazy assed little shits told her no. Can you believe that? They turned down an hours work and $100 a week. She had cut her own grass until up in her late seventies and these sorry little punks thinking work was beneath them continued to ride their bicycles down her street while she did it.
To many kids are given the easy street growing up and they grow into thinking that they are entitled. No wonder so many get into trouble and say they're bored. Nobody expects them to do anything or makes them do anything so they have no personal self respect. Take the easy way, because well, it's easy, not self satisfying in the long run, but it's easy. How many kids today can make anything or fix any thing? Some, but not very many. Our nation has become a throw away nation, if something breaks just throw it away and get another one. How lame is that. Kids expect to come home, play video games, talk and text on cell phones and surf the net. They expect to eat dinner, have clean clothes to wear, nice things to have etc, But they don't want to help cook dinner, clean up the mess, take out the trash or do anything. As long as it is all done for them, well.
As a kid I had to learn to fix things, I made things. Thought it up in my mind and made something or repaired something. Nobody was standing there with a hand full of money to bail me out when my go kart, motorcycles or cars broke. Nope, had to learn how to fix it myself and it was so gratifying when it was completed. One of the things at the top of my list is creating something or repairing something with my own hands. I can stand back and listen to an engine purr or admire something I've made that works and there is no feeling in the world for me like that. Sure it was hard, it took time, sometimes it leaves scrapes and cuts on my hands but I can touch it, see it, feel it, hear it and have a sense of accomplishment. My son finally found some friends who like working on their own old cars and it rubbed off on him. Even though I've built many engines right here he wasn't interested in learning then. Even recently when I was redoing my motorcycle he showed no interest. He'd come out for a few minutes to ask questions then go back in the house.
BUT, when he got his first old car he wanted to freshen up the air cleaner. He asked questions then I left him to it to do all by himself. I was there if he needed help or had a question but let him do all the work. When he finished it he was so proud of himself and rightly so. He had worked hard on it and frankly, it looked fantastic. He has now redone the valve covers from ugly pieces to ones that look factory fresh. He now is beginning to take pride in what he's done and he knows he could have bought some new covers and paid to have them installed, but the feeling of accomplishment would not be there.
Enough of my babble. go watch this link: http://vimeo.com/20789680