Friday, February 11, 2011

Living in Black and White

Do you ever wish you could go back and live in another era?  I sometimes do.  I like the times before the 60's because it is before I was born and I like all the styles of those times.  The 20's, the 30's, the 40's, and the 50's all seem like a more innocent time than those that we now live in.  Perhaps that is not really true because there was the Great Depression and the World Wars.  But even so life seemed simpler.  Before all this technology that came along to complicate our lives.  Now please do not misunderstand me here.  I know that it is in fact supposed to simplify our lives.  Sure.  If you buy into that.  What is simple about carrying around a device that forces you to spend inordinant amounts of time staring at it?  I mean what happened to just "doing things"?  Have we forgotten how to live?

Living is doing.  Working, playing, travelling, playing music, hiking etc etc etc.  You can't do that when you are staring at a small hand held device can you?  But not everything is black and white.  There are advantages to living in the 21st century.  I do believe there are not as many restrictions in life for women.  However that would depend on the culture you are born into.  There are many more advances in many fields that have improved our lives.  But then there is the down side.  We have begun to make huge leaps in polluting our planet.  But this is not meant to be a critique on the decades.  Just some thoughts about the bigger picture.

Some things never change though.  The desire to love and be loved.  The desire to have a decent standard of living.  To do something we love to do.  To bring up our children in a safe environment.  And so on.  Sometimes no matter what we do though we cannot control every aspect of our lives.  Some things happen that we have no control over.  And those things can profoundly affect us.  But ultimately it is important not to lose sight of the fact that we are fortunate to have a life.  And live it we should as best as we can.  And perhaps letting history be our guide.  Here is to a better 21st century!

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