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Old 11-20-2002, 11:27 AM   #1
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I found it interesting.. the following was sent to me by e-mail from an older colleague. Just thought I'd share it with u guys..

Somehow We Survived

Well, you are over thirty-five if you get this. You lived as a child in the 50's, 60's or
70's. Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have.................

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!)

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight.... ..... we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this?

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cellular phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms, ............... we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it?

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment..... Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade..... Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem-solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years haveseen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you're one of them.


Please pass this on to others that have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good?

Edit: Apparently someone in OT posted a longer version this moring.
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Old 11-20-2002, 11:43 AM   #2
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Mirage, you look very good for your age!
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Old 11-20-2002, 08:37 PM   #3
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Originally posted by tora
Mirage, you look very good for your age!
So do you tora!

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Old 11-21-2002, 11:04 AM   #4
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Yeah, that's about right.


Yeah, damn kids these days....

That's about all I hear from some people out here. I, for one, can't stand it. Face it, Internet and Playstation are here to stay, and we'd better make the best of it. Looking back towards the past isn't going to do anything but alienate one from their kids.

Regulations and adjustments were put there for a reason. Just because life has gotten more complicated and some people are too dumb to cope, doesn't mean life was better in the past.

In my humble opinion, of course. Nothing against you of course Mirage -- I enjoy a good reminiscing, too, but I have to deal with hardcore conservatism on a daily basis, and it's just bugging the heck outta me.
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Old 11-21-2002, 04:16 PM   #5
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Uhhhh... no disrespect and this is by no means directed at anyone in particular (just a different perspective) but:

Those days also had Thalidomide, political assassinations, racism, unchecked pollution, consumer products with toxic ingredients, doctors advocating smoking to reduce birth weight for easier deliveries and the very real threat of nuclear war.

Those bucolic reminiscences were the targets of a lifestyle based around the family unit where children were raised by one parent (usually the woman) while the other went out and earned the money. Now we expect anyone but the parents to raise the children (school, daycare, nanny etc.) because in the 50s and 60s we thought it was more important to have two cars and a house full of gadgets than it was to raise decent human beings.

Our current culture with all its problems is a direct result of the decisions of the past and our collective desire to change what is to something we think is better. That is the way it has been for a very long time now and each generation pays for the mistakes of the one before it.

To get all misty eyed over the golden past is a sure sign you have grown old in spirit. Get over it. The past is gone we live in this world now... if you see something you don't like about it try to change it but don't moan to me about how great the past was.

If you think of society as a car's suspension then it is hopelessly under damped and we are caught in the oscillations. By that I mean that things are changing and will change some for the better and some for the worse. If we are lucky we can retain the good things.

Having said all that I do think people should take more responsibility for their own actions.

Thanks for the post it brought back some memories. hehehehe
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