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A discussion with my geriatric dudes brought up the inadequacies of our modern educational system. These guys were abhorred that handwriting is no longer considered a skill worth putting much effort into learning. That these kids are no longer learning their multiplication tables at least through 12 times 12 seemed incomprehensible to them. Perhaps worst of all, kids were spending more time on their computers and cell phones and less time in face to face conversations.

I was contending that the most important things for our younger generation and our geriatric ones too was how to filter out the nonsense and lies that are bombarding us daily from the media and from our friends. And, second to that and perhaps more importantly, not to do things and record them in any kind of permanent media that will persist into the future and potentially ruin them later. I was even including tattoos in that caution because it will leave indelible marks that they probably won’t want twenty years from now and beyond. Another thing I was asserting was the fundamental importance of not going into financial debt by purchasing things that were not essential to their wellbeing. That they should learn the importance of covering their basic needs plus some slack before spending any money, even cash in hand, on frivolous consumables. Also, I warned against drinking and taking other drugs to ease one’s anxiety and that a person should face their problems, analyze them, make a decision, and move on. Never dither.

There were good arguments against everything I said. One must go into debt to get an education, to buy a house, to buy a car, to get married, to live comfortably.

I insisted that to go into debt makes one into a voluntary slave, a slave to those who loan money.