To shine more Light into a darkening world.

A Memory of Sorts

I remember growing up in the 1960s with a rotary phone, you know the kind that weighed about ten pounds, (that came in black or black) and had a wheel and numbers on it to dial a phone number. We used it to communicate with our friends, family, and neighbours. It was that or write letters on paper with a pen or pencil. Or we also could go visit. We did not have any other way to talk to people in the rural community where I grew up.

Funny how things have changed. We now have email, Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, computers, and the Internet, just to name a few of the ways we can communicate with our friends, family, neighbours, and strangers alike. Some people still don’t have these devices and technologies, but increasingly, they are becoming fewer and farther between.

Yet, when you look around, read the paper, watch cable or satellite TV, you can still see evidences of poverty, hunger, and famine on this planet. We have the technology, resources, and the funds to feed every single man, woman, and child on planet Earth every day with three hot meals, for their entire lives and give every single person a warm, or cool shelter for life. We have the medical capabilities to cure most ailments, heal many diseases that used to be fatal, and the ability to make people who are terminally ill comfortable till they pass on. We have the means, but not the desire to heal the planet. We have the technology and the means to stop all the wars and rumours of wars. Yet …

So, we have, indeed, come a long way from the Garden of Eden and from the hunter and gatherer societies of the past to this world of technological marvels beyond the wildest dreams of the people who lived in the 19th century in the Industrial Revolution. But, we have grown very little, if at all.

So, again, we have come a long, long way,
but we haven’t made any progress,
so, what’s up with that!?

Comments on: "A Memory of Sorts" (3)

  1. Flinux Wilson said:

    Interestingly enough we may have actually digressed. Think about marriage. I recently looked at a photo of my Grandfather and Grandmother around the time when they married. They looked so young. Yet they married and stayed that way till death did them part. Why? For one thing they were mature enough at the age and were able to take the responsibility and handle it correctly. Now in this age I’m afraid the folks are not mature enough to handle it till they are, sadly to say, in their 30s or even 40s.

    • I have also noticed that the people of today are not adults in the sense that our grandparents were adults — i.e. responsible, hard-working, married to one person for life, and generally more mature in all ways than we are. And I am in my mid-50s, and my observations of the people I see are that they do not grow up anymore. Even the politicians and other individuals who should be more wise and mature are not. They seem to be just as silly and childish as little kids on the playground. They bicker and fuss over all sorts of things they should be mature enough to handle with wisdom and common sense.

  2. I agree, we are less mature than our parents who may have been somewhat less mature than their parents…

    What is becoming of our youth in this world of technological delights?

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