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[–] RoundWheel 1 points 68 points (+69|-1) ago 

Single mothers. Largely these skills are passed from father to son. The breakdown of society via single mothers has destroyed the conduit of knowledge which is the cornerstone of society.

'Home Depot is in full-on panic mode after realizing that an entire generation of Americans have absolutely no clue how to use their products. As the Wall Street Journal points out, the company has been forced to spend millions to create video tutorials and host in-store classes on how to do everything from using a tape measure to mopping a floor and hammering a nail.

Home Depot's VP of marketing admits she was originally hesitant because she thought some of their videos might be a bit too "condescending" but she quickly learned they were very necessary for our pampered millennials.'

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-10/home-depot-panicked-over-millennials-forced-host-tutorials-using-tape-measures-hamme

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[–] RoundWheel 1 points 20 points (+21|-1) ago  (edited ago)

It's hand in hand. When you grow up with a father you learn to challenge yourself and accept failure as an opportunity for growth. Fathers challenge their children. Children grow to make their fathers proud. In doing so, they challenge themselves. With this comes failure and success. While you may not have received this directly from your father, it used to be the prevalent social peering message which you will benefit from even if not directly pushed from your father.

He flopped a chilton and haynes manual for the make on the table and just said "fix it".

This is precisely what I'm saying. Your father may not have had the skills himself or perhaps not the time, but he did push you to better yourself. Which included the room for failure.

Part of the single mother movement is that children should be insulated from every chance of failure or harm. In its place are trophies for everyone. Absolutely no one should feel the sting of failure or the thrill of victory. In doing so, all of us are injured.

At its core, single mothers are one of the most harmful advents of modern society and are key to the breakdown of every aspect of modern western civilization. That's not saying they are the only cause or even the single most significant cause. But single mothers are a key stone on which modern society walks. Without strong families, everything eventually falls.

I rebuilt my my first engine with my father at 10. Replaced a clutch with my father and older brother at 13. Rebuilt (and paid for) my first engine (Pontiac 301) at 16. I learned how to hammer a nail, change and set points, adjusting timing, replace oil and plugs at around the age of 6. All of these I learned from my father.

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[–] Nesano 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Fear of failure is actually my biggest problem too with DIY jobs. I just don't wanna break it more than it already is, ya know?

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[–] Macdaddy5000 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Even a single mom could buy her son some hand tools.

And she'd undoubtedly buy the cheap pieces of crap that break the first time you use them. Not the slightly better ones that don't break until after they've rounded off the hexes on nuts and bolts and cause you to go to the ER after slicing your hand open when they slipped.

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[–] Caesarkid1 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You must be Christopher Titus.

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[–] Sullysq 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I was going to go to even the root of single motherhood and blame state dependency and availability of welfare.

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[–] RoundWheel 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

IMOHO, that's certainly a factor, but many single, working women have been encouraged to go it alone and "have it all." It's been a fundamental feminist message since the late 1970s. This message reached a very wide audience and acceptance (normalization) with the TV show Friends. So it's happening even without welfare. Many girls with child are coming home to live with mommy and daddy again and continuing to work without welfare.

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[–] Nesano 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

everything from using a tape measure to mopping a floor and hammering a nail

That's depressing.

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[–] Game_Maven 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It gets worse than that. I've seen people who have absolutely no idea how to paint walls and trim with a paintbrush or a roller.

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[–] 10821862? 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yeah, maybe I'm a one off, but I was raised by single mother, and I hang my own pictures, fix drywall, install my own light fixtures (I'd do the wiring if I knew how, but that really is a job for a professional). I even do minor plumbing, like installing toilets, faucets, repair, etc. I learned most of it on my own, plus I just have a general knack for these things. I also used to love watching This Old House and some other show about building houses when I was a teenager, so maybe I picked it up there. I was a weird kid.

Interestingly, my husband came from an intact family. His dad can build all kinds of shit, but my husband is practically useless in that regard. It's not that his dad didn't show him, it's that my husband didn't care. I'm the one that does most of the repairs around the house. He does take care of the cars, though.

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[–] RoundWheel 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's important to keep in mind these are generalities and not absolutes.

Kudos!

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[–] R34p_Th3_Wh0r1w1nd 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

It's way too easy to survive. Now everyone is hypersensitive.

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[–] Wahaha 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

..if you never had to hammer nails in your life ever before, of course you will have to figure this out as you go. I never had to hammer in a nail before either, in my entire life. Fuck, I don't even have any nails. Or a hammer. Or any other tools, really. They're just kind of completely unnecessary 98% of your entire life and the other 2% you can get someone else to do it.

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[–] Moabman 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's not just single mothers.

I know plenty of guys who grew up with dads and they can't do shit. Their dads were either just as useless or they just didn't teach them anything.

I figure that culture for boomers was so well put together that they picked these skills up without being explicitly taught by their fathers. Be it through scouts or just life in general they learned how to do this stuff.

So naturally they didn't think they needed to teach their kids how to do stuff their dad's never taught them. They didn't account for how shitty culture became.

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[–] 10826077? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think that's giving them too much credit, the ones I knew honestly did not give a shit if their kids lived or died. Dumping the kid off at college or trumping up some reason (usually pot) to toss their spawn out of the house was exactly what happened to Hansel and Gretel, only the modern woodcutter and his wife were drunk and on valium and wanted to take trips and buy cars.

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[–] Sosacms 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Parents didn't really teach them anything, the convenience of paying someone else has it's price, it's better for them to fuck it up than for you to fuck it up, it's often cheaper to buy new than repair (or at least too temptingly close).

I've noticed the lack of basic adult skills too. Most seem to just be on autopilot and panic when shit goes wrong.

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[–] prairie 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

the convenience of paying someone else has it's price

I think that this might be a big part of the explanation as well. It's like with all the navigation apps these days; if you don't use them actively, you won't gain a better and better sense of the city, just follow its directions and not learn anything.

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[–] Lafall 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's lack of basic skill sets!! and lack of natural experience, many of the new generation are programed by tv school and computer, they tell you which politician to vote for but its all a program by society programmed tv 'programming' to know what app to download. They can tell you what shitty false plastic music of xfactor america's got talent song is in the charts, programmed to buy the next computer, study for exams and type up those exams, buy the next gadget...but they are missing BASIC skill sets... They don't know how the basic social village works, the carpenter, the factory, the bakery, the police station and cops, the river and the far off power station, the houses with family, the schools, the stores and market, the farmers, the truckers, the river on the edge of the village/town, the birds, the pests, the trees and the foxes nearby...they don't have this feel for nation, country or nature. Some of them even look at a door confused not knowing to push or pull even wen written and cast sign 'Pull' on the fucking door in front of them. They are missing physical skills, how to cut wood, reading people's expressions when you are dealing with foreign languages, how to cook, schools and college used to teach these skills as a MUST, using wood, putting in switches wires and lights, or metal studs; Assemble of basic mechanical things, layout joinery framework they do none of this now people have no co-ordination because they don't even play or do football, soccer, pool, snooker, march or to basic athletics. The x generation y generation or i Gen millennials are a different breed, they are kind of fashionista Otaku consumers and overly dependent on apps, youtube, snapchat, facebook and their computers etc Not all but many and many of them they are missing basic ‎survival instincts, basic spacial awareness and basic Survivor skills.

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[–] Schreiber 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Correct.

This is precisely why I would force my kids to stay away from technology. All these gadgets and social media is a way for the 0.1% to control the brainwashed invalid future generations that can't survive without their "help."

Kids need to live a tough and rugged life so they can grow up to be warriors, not pussies who let women and alpha shitskins step over them. I'd say little boys need to spent most of their time being drilled in military bootcamp while the girls are drilled in the art of being a housewife such as cooking, cleaning, and rearing children.

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[–] CaliforniaOrange 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Because playing video games and jerking off or watching shows non-stop is more fun than working on a car for most people.

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[–] CaliforniaOrange 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I couldn’t agree more, just seems like people would rather pay $100 bucks more to let someone else handle it so they can keep enjoying their leisure time.

Since I've been an adult I’ve always wanted to get a fixer upper and learn how to fix it up, unfortunately I’ve never had the time (school, and about to study for the cpa exam take priority), money for parts since I dumped everything into school or space to store it at home.

Hopefully in a decade I’ll be able to work on an old car that doesn’t have the engine covered in a plastic fucking case.

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[–] Wahaha 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's not like owning a car is a strict necessity in life. I wouldn't even know what to use a car for. Just seems unnecessary and costly.

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[–] the_sharpest_knife 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Wtf? Every single one of those things sounds like more fun than working on a car. I hate when I have to fix shit but I'd never pay someone for half assed service that will take weeks usually..

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[–] CaliforniaOrange 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Idk where you go but I’ve never had it take weeks.

Also, why work on it for days or weeksand possibly mess it up and cause more damage than pay someone to fix it right the first time?

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[–] SexMachine 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I've never changed spark plugs tbh. I've never paid anyone for it either. When and why do you need to change them?

Cars I've owned:

  1. Shit friend borrowed and wrecked

  2. Sold when I left for the army.

  3. Sold

  4. Totalled when I hit a deer.

  5. Sold

  6. Totalled from a hail storm - which was awesome because the transmission went out, and that wasn't covered by insurance.

  7. Totalled from this past flood.

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[–] uvulectomy 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Sometimes cars are designed to be the biggest hassle possible for maintenance though. Used to have an early 90's Buick that was a prime example. To replace three of the plugs, you had to fucking rotate the engine in the bay to get enough clearance to get a tool in there. Even the mechanic friend I ended up asking for help said "this is a goddamn nightmare."

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[–] the_sharpest_knife 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You rarely do but you seriously just unscrew them and screw the new ones back in. It's like changing a threaded battery.

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[–] SexMachine 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I guess I've never owned a car long enough to to need to replace them.

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[–] 10820408? 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Why do it yourself if some asshole doesn't have the patience to wait to have it done properly. They could be sick of their lazy SO and it could be a game to them. It is unwise to worry about others problems more then your own. Sometimes the best help is no help at all.

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[–] Whitworth 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Was the coworker hitting on you?

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[–] Whitworth 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Yeah I can understand a woman not knowing what to do, but her husband should be embarrassed.

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[–] KikeFree 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Sounds like she was using you to shame him. I can't imagine anyone being that stupid they can't hang a picture, so perhaps he objected to the pictures she wanted to hang.

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