When Children Were Expected to be Dangerous

Meriwether Lewis and co-Leader William Clark, Corps of Discovery 1804 – 1806 _Wikipedia


In the early days of the US republic, children — like the nation into which they were born — emerged into an environment of seemingly endless possibilities. In that exciting but dangerous world, many children did not live to adulthood. Those who did were apt to be hardy and determined. Fortified with the first-hand knowledge that life was uncertain and often short and violent, these men and women wanted to make their time count.

Among the most dangerous of Dangerous Children were the explorers. Leaders of dangerous and lengthy expeditions needed to possess a broad range of practical skills, along with the ability to get rough men to do the necessary tasks to assure the success of the expedition.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark — co-leaders of Thomas Jefferson’s 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery trans-continental expedition — provide examples of Dangerous Children from another age.

Meriwether Lewis was born August 18, 1774, near Charlottesville, VA, and was a boyhood neighbor of Thomas Jefferson. In 1794, Lewis joined the militia and, at the rank of Ensign, was attached to a sublegion of General “Mad Anthony” Wayne commanded by Lieutenant William Clark. In sharing the experiences of the Northwest Campaign against the British and the Indians, Lewis and Clark fashioned the bonds of an enduring friendship.

Also a native Virginian, Clark, born August 1, 1770, was 4 years older than Lewis. In capability and background, he and Lewis shared much in common. They were relatively young, intelligent, adventurous, resourceful, and courageous. Born leaders, experienced woodsmen-frontiersmen, and seasoned Army officers, they were cool in crisis and quick to make decisions. Clark, many times over, would prove to be the right choice as joint leader of the Expedition.

In temperament Lewis and Clark were opposites. Lewis was introverted, melancholic, and moody; Clark, extroverted, even-tempered and gregarious. The better educated and more refined Lewis, who possessed a philosophical, romantic and speculative mind, was at home with abstract ideas; Clark, of a pragmatic mold, was more of a practical man of action. Each supplied vital qualities which balanced their partnership. __Source

Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition __Wikipedia

Other similar Dangerous Children who became famous explorers include sea captain explorer James Cook, Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelford, and Arctic/Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen. These men had to be both practical and visionary to achieve their goals.

Civilisation has changed in many ways since the days of those hardy explorers of wild lands, seas, and poles. Modern medical science allows many children and adults to survive and prosper who would have been lost in centuries past.

Entire “social minds” of modern societies — as controlled by mainstream media, government, and educational institutions — are focused less on facing great challenges and opening grand new opportunities, and more on increased comfort, decreased pain, increased security, a wider range of amusements, and the futile pursuit of the phantom “social justice,” with all of the politically correct garbage that entails.

All of those modern pursuits provide opportunities for political forces to consolidate power, and for corrupting forces — both criminal and commercial — to buy favours from governments at the expense of ordinary citizens.

Increasing racially skewed violent crime in many large cities accompanies dysfunctional political machines that wink at election fraud, pay government employees and media figures to campaign and cheat for the machine, and funnel large sums of money into community organizing groups that serve to facilitate electoral fraud and intimidation.

This level of corruption and criminality in high places — along with the government-facilitated growth of a criminal underclass — would not have been tolerated by earlier generations which were liberally leavened with the presence of Dangerous Children.

One cannot look to the Dangerous Children of the past in order to learn specifically how to raise new crops of Dangerous Children. But one can get some ideas. And combining those time-proven ideas with a growing body of findings from neuroscience, child development, genetics, embryology, adult education, and any number of other intersecting fields — one can sharpen his methods.

Make no mistake: The Dangerous Child represents a potent threat to the established order, as it exists across large regions of the globe. He represents hope for a bigger, brighter future for most humans, but a threat to the interlocking power structures of government, education, labour, media, politically enriched moneyed interests, political activists, and crime mobs. You will not likely read about this project in mainstream media outlets, nor will you be taught the modern need for Dangerous Children in mainstream schools or universities.

But ideas are difficult to completely suppress in modern times. And the idea of The Dangerous Child does not need to become ubiquitous for its potency to be felt.

Important reading for basic understanding of the need to escape modern forms of education and adolescence pimping:

JT Gatto How Education Used to Be

Rites of Passage

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