Read the whole thing. Money quote is at the end.
Let’s go back to 451, which I found myself re-reading recently. It begins with Guy Montag burning a house that contained books. Why? How did it come to be that fireman burned books instead of putting out fires as they always had?
The fireman have been doing it for so long they have no idea. Most of them have never even read a book. Except one fireman—Captain Beatty—who has been around long enough to remember what life was like before. As Montag begins to doubt his profession—going as far as to hide a book in his house—he is subjected to a speech from Beatty. In it Beatty explains that it wasn’t the government that decided that books were a threat. It was his fellow citizens.
Simcha Fischer writes:
Boys who are never allowed to be wild are boys who never learn how to control that wildness. Boys who are not allowed to whack and be whacked with sticks never learn what fighting is like. What’s so bad about that? Well, they may end up hitting someone weak, with no idea how much it hurts to be hit. Or they may end up standing by while the strong go after the weak – and have no idea that it’s their job to put a stop to it.
Either way, the weak suffer. The whole world suffers.
From Patheos, here. It’s well worth the read
I rode the Rokon onto Pitchpine ridge on Sunday, and finally found the structure I saw on Google earth. It’s a large wood pile of boards left over from the production of large timbers:
There’s a foundation, I presume for an engine or saw:
And lots of old junk laying around- a fuel tank for a car, and an old running board:
I left the area, and took another road out. Next to the road, I came upon a tree with a “Bearing Tree” placard:
Under the tree was a brass cap:
I took the road along a fence separating BLM from private land, and came to a place where two fences met-and found yet another brass cap:
And then rode the bike up the south face of Muddy mountain, coming out to the road just above the dogleg in the road. The bike worked well, although my back was a bit sore from the ride. It was more than worth it.
Now if I can just find the other structure that is on Google Earth. But that’s for another weekend.