We live in the time of technology. That can be very good and that can be bad. A computer that can be held in your hand or worn on your wrist seems crazy. I always think James Bond or Agent Smart or Dick Tracy! Technology has provided many, many medical breakthroughs and remedies. That is wonderful. Technology can be a time stealer - that is bad. I (my opinion only) think technology has taken jobs and has dumbed down the world as well. Most kids can't read a regular clock to tell time - they can't do math in their head, and they can't count change.....I could go on and on. (This also includes some adults).
Most places have self check out - I know many love it. I do not. Heck, even at my library, you check yourself out. It just seems that in a time when people are screaming - we can't find help - that so many jobs have been taken away.
Most things we buy today is made to be thrown away and not repaired. So much waste.
And I can't help but to wonder this week - what would have happened the other day during a 24 hour traffic jam on a southern interstate in a snowstorm and cold - how all electric cars would have fared!!!!????
It does seem there are many that have just gotten fed up and are going BACK. Homesteaders, living off grid, crafters, backyard farmers, etc. People are living in many of the old ways again and they can do a lot on their own. I really love that.
Vintage skills are coming back!!!!
Gardening, preserving, quilting, sewing and mending, raising animals, foraging, hunting and fishing, learning about medicinal/herbal ways, living a simple life!!!
I think we need to teach children more 'survival & simple living' ideas in school. Home economics and shop class we important back in my day. We cooked, sewed, ironed and learned common household things in home ec. Boys (and girls) learned how to work with their hands and create in shop class. We had an economics class. There was also a vocational school we could attend for credits - car mechanics, business, marketing, engineering, learning to read blueprints, economics on all levels, etc.
Young people need to learn great work ethics and they need to know how to budget, pay bills, invest, create and just plain LIVE in a world where everything isn't done for them.
If you get on You Tube, there are now tons of sights on prepping and homesteading. People are going back to living the way many lived years ago. There is a resurgence of living in log homes (my dream) and living tiny. People are downsizing - realizing, you can live well with less. Many are relearning or learning for the first time, how to do things for themselves. They are learning that being prepared for what-ever, and it is a good thing. Less and small can be a beautiful life.
I have always said (for years), that at some point we would have to go BACK in order to survive in this world. I still believe that. I can't help but to think back to Mad Max - that took place in 2021 (then the future). No, we haven't gotten that bad - but in some ways much of it is true. Gangs, cliches, learning to survive in a basic way, bartering, foraging, in-fighting amongst people, just surviving day to day life.
I love that people are learning to live off the earth again and that we are teaching each other older skills. I love that some of the old ways are 'cool' again. It will help people survive in a time of distress. There are many people I know that would never be able to survive without technology and all that is done FOR them and made so easy. I am sure you know some of them too.
I kind of like that EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN!!!!!!
What about you?