The phrase “serve your country” is now commonly understood to mean military service. This phrase is very misleading and is used by those who want to attract new recruits to the military. There are many other ways to “serve your country” while not putting yourself “in harm’s way” — another favorite term frequently tossed about carelessly by government officials and the mindless media.
If you live in a democracy it is your right and your duty to vote. Pay attention to the issues, ensure you are registered to vote, and vote. Don’t take this right and duty lightly. The majority of the approximately eight billion people on this planet don’t have this right, and people die every day fighting for it. When you vote you make your democracy stronger.
2. Get an education
This is not only for young people. Everyone can learn something and the more you know the more you are able to contribute to society. A better education helps you to get a better job, make more money and take better care of yourself and your family, and when you do this you are making your country better.
A few years ago I told a nephew that the best way to serve his country was to stay in school, go to college, get a good job, pay his taxes and buy a nice car. And he would get a lot of girls. I think that got his attention.
3. Learn to manage your finances
Whatever your age, start saving. Get your expenses under control, get out of debt as soon as possible and save as much as you can. Go to the library and borrow some books and learn about investments. Don’t depend on the government to take care of you in your old age. The government is broke. The government has no money. It gets it from you, the taxpayer. Social security is the biggest Ponzi scheme there is. You will have to take care of yourself and your loved ones. You can count on it. So be financially self-sufficient and do not be a burden on your country.
4. Spend time with your children
If you have children, spend as much time as possible with them. The time you spend with them, loving them and teaching them, will pay great dividends in the future. Don’t be too quick to hand your children over…