Ok....I'll run with you on this one for a moment. Let's suppose that he doesn't want to shoot a gun. Fine. In military combat, what other services would he be capable-or better yet-willing to provide? I suppose there are any number of potential services (i.e. medical care, pilot, mechanic, communications, etc.) that could be done in lieu of actual combat. But do you think that he would be ready and trained to provide any of those services on such short notice?
As hard as this may be for you to believe, when I was 16 and 18, I was NOT selfish. I'm sure I was a lot more idealistic and naiive than I am today, but not selfish. This is because I was an only child. My parents divorced when I was three years old. i don't even have any meaningful recollection of the time they were together. So consequently, I missed out on a lot of things growing up, which, incidently, by force of circumstance, I had to very quickly. So everything I have, I had to work for.
I don't have the actual statistics in front of me, but from what I recall, divorce rates have been holding steadily high ever since the late '60's and early 70's (it is interesting to note parenthetcially that divorce and "single parent households" soared in numbers at the same time the "equal rights" and "sexual revolution" occured)-so this is nothing new.
As for there being another Colin Powell, Picasso, or Martin Luther King buried somewhere in Harlem or South central, well that is tough to quantify. I suppose the potential is certainly there (just as it could be in San Clemente or Beverly Hills), but until that person or persons emerge, you can't automatically make those assumptions.
>>This generation has known nothing but free rides, special effects, and e-this, or virtual that.<<
>>How do you know that Matt_D?<<
Easy. Open your eyes and take a good long look around you. If you are anything but blind or in denial, it's about as obvious as an elephant sitting in your living room.