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Turning Over New Leaf

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Life Has Changed


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My father was part of “the greatest generation.” He was a salt-of-the-Earth guy who did not grow up with technology. In his day, one had to rely upon the integrity of fellow human beings in order to enjoy the fruits of American society from the 1920s through the 1950s.
 
Quality was king in his day. Houses were constructed so invading Martians in the year 3000 would not be compelled to re-build the Earth’s infrastructure. Insurance policies were issued so that citizens would actually receive payment when they suffered covered losses. Doctors healed the sick from their homes and then sent a bill for services. Banks held the public’s money and made it available to its owners when needed. Lawyers represented their own clients. People visited restaurants from coast to coast to eat real food. And best of all, a person could fly to Chicago from Boston without visiting Houston for six hours.
 
Life has changed.
 
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32 comments:

  1. You are as right as rain....though I don't miss polio.

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    1. joeh: I agree. It wasn't all good, but many of the things that were are no more.

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  2. Integrity. Can't be bought, sold, or traded. Explains why we don't have it today.

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    1. Robin: I agree. There were exceptions, but today lack of integrity seems more like the rule.

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  3. Oh you are so right! But wait, Houston has some fabulous restaurants with real genuine food! Hahaha! Enjoy your weekend JJ!

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    1. Karen: I agree. It is still around. My wife and I make it a point to seek it out.

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  4. JJ, its not life its PEOPLE.... People are out for themselves, self-centered...' wanting what the Jones' have... When I went back to work in the schools I noticed the generation having kids- were so disconnected from parenting... kids in kindergarten getting in fights with each other, hitting teachers, even I got a threat that I took as harmless because it came from a 6 yr. old.. A teacher reported it and the kid got suspended... I've seen kids beg for attention from their parents who just would ignore them and want the schools to deal with whatever learning issue their kid had.. I've seen neighbors lose their home because they couldn't afford it because they merely wanted the zip code. People have become materialistic, they have lost the true meaning of family, commitment and consideration not only to themselves but to others.

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    1. KBF: That's why blogging is so great. You can just hit "delete."

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  5. Sometimes when I think back to my own childhood (we only got television in our country in 1975), I wonder if things were really so much better in those days. Reading your list (to which one can add chapters), I have to agree - things were better in so many ways! I guess that poses the question - how do we make it better in our own little worlds - the bigger picture seems to have lost control in some many ways!

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    1. emilene: Great to hear from you again! We haven't spoken since you returned from your terrific journey. We need to re-establish integrity, respect, and work ethic. It's the same worldwide.

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  6. Change? Right on. I've probably seen more change than a stripper in a
    skid-row 2-bit matinee performance. I've asked myself, what is the one single thing that started the big change on its downward escalation (some would say upward....tomaaato...tomahto. I would say "chemicals." It completely changed medicine from homeopathic to allopathic. Vaccinations....bad change (good book, Dr. Mary's Monkey by Edward Haslam).

    It changed our food source when agronomy did a complete flipflop and all crops were grown with chemicals.

    All the lumber for houses was chemically treated. People wanted brand-new, so they moved to a subdivision where all the chemically treated wood, furniture and fabrics invaded every breath they took.

    Do you remember starry nights? If you ever see one again, stay awake all night and breath it into your memory. Most everywhere in the world, the stars are misted over by chemicals.

    And then all the things you said. Not every change is bad. Sometimes its just change. I enjoy my 4-wheel drive. And were it not for computers, we wouldn't be having this dialogue. :)
    So cheers, my friend

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    1. Manzi: I agree that just getting to know you via the Internet is worth it!

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  7. This was great JJ, and you've raised so many interesting questions. Houses were built better, and flights were more direct, and actually included beverages and snacks. I also agree that banks were kinder then, but they are still cleaning up their messes from years before. Sadly, social media has the most negative impact on school age children, and teens where bullying has taken on a whole new meaning. I want to believe that people with your dad's integrity still exist out there.
    Julie

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    1. Julie: They are out there. It is just becoming more difficult to find them.

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  8. Hey, JJ,

    Being a 70's kid, I remember our first color TV... It was a BIG deal seeing the Wizard of Oz in COLOR. (1971). Values were simple. We had respect for our parents, teachers, and friends. Teasing was our bullying... nothing physical AT ALL. Parents INSTILLED MANNERS. When was the last time you heard "Excuse me" or "Thank you" from any kid, let alone and adult?!!!

    I see parents neglect their kids all the time or the hold on to them SOOOO tightly they can't breathe. The streets are LINED UP with ridiculously over-sized SUV's picking up kids and teens from school. I WALKED. A mile and a half each way from age ten on... Even in kindergarten I walked four blocks ALONE to school. Granted times were safer then, but the teens today are HUGE and look like they'er in their twenties. Why do they need to be taxied around? This is why teens have no independence and can't take care of themselves. They have more activities than adults. WHY? Learning should be their main focus, not hanging out at the mall.

    Anyway... TIMES have changed for sure!

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    1. Michael: You said it better than I did. Right on the money!

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  9. I like to believe there are still plenty of people around who have integrity out the wazoo, good morals, and all that other stuff we associate with the good old days. The thing is, it's the bad apples who get all the press.

    I was gonna say the same exact thing as your first commenter... I don't miss polio, either. I was in the first test wave of children who were given the polio vaccine on a sugar cube. (Anybody else remember that?)

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    1. Susan: Well, I agree with the polio statement too. However, you hit the nail on the head with "it's the bad apples who get all the press."

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  10. I remember when there were NO credit cards. If you couldn't pay cash, you couldn't buy it!

    Here's what irks me--planned obsolescence. I remember when a refrigerator lasted until it literally rusted out! Now I am supposed to pay $80 a year just for a new water filter for my fridge!

    I just threw out the mechanical can opener that I have used for 30 years because it was so dull it couldn't cut noodles. That $3.99 was money well spent way back then!!

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    1. Judie: I could not agree more. Also, you have solved America's problems: "NO credit cards."

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  11. Great post. And life will continue to change. Would be great to get back to eating real food... we try to most of the time!

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    1. Michelle: Understood. We try to as well, but it is getting more difficult.

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  12. Change is inevitable and as much as we long for days of old, theres little we can do to stop change. There is however a lot we can do within our own homes and with our own lives to hold onto traditions, chilvalry, good manners and such.
    Personally, I have often thought I was born in the wrong era and am fascinated with those times. I would love to have been a lady of the 1920's. I loved the fashion, the hair do's and simplicity of life... well at least I love what I read about it.
    I can see the argument that Manzi puts forward about chemicals and I agree that chemicals have been over used and misued in many instances but I believe that there are some chemicals that have their place in the world.
    I am aware of the controversy that surrounds some vaccinations but I have first hand knowledge of what these incidious diseases can do to the lives of those touched by them. Most died and the few that survived lived lifetimes afflicted with intellectual and physical disabilities. Sometimes these poor people would be institutionalised and forgotten about by family... I know this to be true because I have cared for several people whom were dumped like this and the instituations they were locked away in were horrible, evil places. I have seen how psychiatric medications have enabled these people to turn their lives around and be able to live in the community and have productive and meaningful lives.
    I also have a son with a psychiatric disorder that without his medication would not be able to live the life he currently leads. We tried Hoemeopathic medicines and they just couldn't do the job. My son has a job, drives a car, has a good social life and has been in a solid relationship for 7 years. The benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risks.

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    1. Katherine: I agree. Change is inevitable, and also preferable. What I have difficulty with is changing things for the sake of change. If we kept what works for the majority of people on the planet and focus on helping those in need, we might make progress. However, we seem to make the exception the rule and even more people suffer.

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  13. Although I try diligently not to live in the past, I must admit that you are so right about the things we are missing out on- the quality and the care that went into life back then. I keep wondering: when is it that the pendulum will swing back?! I think history tells me it is much slower than I am hoping for!

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  14. Hmmm...yes, things have changed but I don't think it's all doom and gloom. I think there are millions of decent, hard working people out there who are genuinely good people and who prove it when the opportunity presents itself. I work in the charity sector and I see people who have very little giving what they can and being part of the community that they live in. Yes, there are people who are out for No. 1 but not everyone is. Unfortunately all we tend to hear about are the ones who are...reporting about lovely people and the things they do doesn't make interesting news or sell newspapers! I think the media has a lot to answer for in creating this, in my humble opinion, myth that society is completely broken...I see every single day that it's not!

    C x

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    1. Carol: I agree. It is not all doom and gloom, and I do blame the media. However, as long as we make believe the exception is the rule, we will continue to get backlash from people who worked hard to make lives for themselves and their families that are satisfactory. We should change the broken things, not destroy what works for the majority of people - in my opinion.

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  15. Couldn't agree with you more JJ but that tide will only change when the majority demand it. As long as we still buy the newspapers and watch the news channels then we are perpetuating the myth...they will keep with that style of reporting as long as we keep buying. I watch the BBC news as I find its reporting more balanced (they don't always get it right but they try which is more than most!) and I've not bought a newspaper in over eight years.

    My 'Art Is Autobiographical' blog is where to find me these days. It was too difficult to keep going with two so I said a fond farewell to 'Not Only In Thailand' and emigrated to Art Is. :-)

    C x

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    1. Carol: I love the new blog, and I am a follower.

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  16. Yes, JJ... we aren't in Kansas any more... :o(

    ~shoes~

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