Interlude: Dangerous Ghosts

There is a subset of Dangerous Children who sometimes call themselves the “Gray Ghosts.” Retired, mostly in their 60s and older, they earned their Dangerousness the old-fashioned way — some were paid by the taxpayer to learn to kill, then proceeded to the battlefields or mean streets and proved themselves Dangerous indeed. Others hungrily acquired numerous practical skills in the course of their lives and careers, but also learned to stalk and hunt prey — either with weapons or with cameras.

These Dangerous Ghosts have proven invaluable to the training of Dangerous Children over the years. Not all of them can go into the roughest of field exercises anymore, but their skills and knowledge of tactics and strategies is irreplaceable.

Dangerous Children can only achieve their optimal levels of competence if they are willing to learn from the experiences of others. This can best take place when Dangerous Children are raised and trained in the presence of multiple generations of widely experienced, competent — and Dangerous — persons with many practical skills.

The average age of a farmer in the US — a very Dangerous occupation indeed — is 57. The average age of welders is 56. The average US age of most skilled occupations is over 50. And so on . . .

Younger generations often lack the staying power to master skilled occupations, or are impatient to get jobs where they won’t get dirty, wet, cold, or risk any injury. And then there are the hosts of young who cannot pass random drug tests.

Traditionally male jobs are often dangerous jobs:

  1. 99% of garbage collectors are men.
  2. 100% of deep sea fishermen are men.
  3. 100% of electrical power line installers are men.
  4. 100% of roughnecks (work the oil drill) are men.
  5. 99% of auto repair mechanics are men.*
  6. 99% of roofers are men.*
  7. 100% of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics are men.
  8. 98% of metal fabricators are men.
  9. 97% of aircraft maintenance and service technicians are men.
  10. 95.5% of firefighters are men
  11. 92% of construction workers are men.
  12. 88% of patrol officers are men.

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Of course most combat service members are men — from pilots to crew techs to infantry to logistics to special ops.

These — and many other potentially dangerous, typically male skills — are necessary for a modern society to function smoothly and cleanly. Some of these occupations will be largely replaced by automated machinery. But human beings are far more versatile than any machine can be.

Dangerous Children learn a host of skills — many of them Dangerous, some deadly, and some just highly technical. But if the skills are lost as practitioners retire, die, or fall to degenerative ailments, society loses.

This is why Dangerous Ghosts are valued so highly by Dangerous Communities and training groups of Dangerous Children.

Many retired persons would rather drink cocktails from dusk to midnight, watching tired videos and television shows. Others may go fishing or play golf to kill time and make themselves feel that they are not dead yet.

But for those who wish to make a difference to the future, there is the choice of going Dangerous.

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