Monday Moaning: History Refurbished!
I think the title is just to funny and may have your brains already trying to figure it out and even come up with some amazing ideas of what it could mean.
The truth is quite simple when you hear the moan I came up with this week. It is something I may have addressed in other ways before but after a talk with some elderly ladies in my Nanna’s nursing home and great laughs olden times relived have shed light on the ideas we uphold as new and experimental or even revolutionary.
Mind you that the ladies may not have the greatest of memories left, they still were able to smile when others recognized their stories.
This generation of youngsters think they hold all the knowledge when it comes to changing the world. Often enough call the older generations as the bad guys for ruining the planet. And they may have a point in some ways as we did industrialize way to much, not to mention we are still doing so even with their new ideas.
Older people had to build a completely new world if you think about how divided the world was after the wars. During the wars things started changing in rapid speeds and only after the second world war did we had time to rebuild for a better future no matter how bad it was.
Time were definitely changing and new inventions may have ruined our thought process and never thought of the possible negative outcome.
Enough of this rant though and back to the older people, their lives of when they were younger and watching the world being rebuild. Together with the refurbished ideas of the new era.
So one of them is the simplest and is about the biological hype that is going on. How everything has to be grown naturally and biological, not to mention environment friendly.
Just the mentioned to my Nanna makes her angry in a way. It is for one about the prices asked and the days they ate from the fields. That veggies were very much season produce and with smaller grocery shops wide spread and always fresh.
This is unlike the times we have now where food comes from over productive greenhouses to feed the large population while people are still starving elsewhere. Though that may be another moan for a different Monday. Fact still is that the expensive greens these days were normal veggies in their younger years. And even in my younger years, and I am not that old.
Is this not something we done and threw away and introduced as a new idea and must for this century.
Plastic is the biggest polluter we have ever created but it was new and innovative the time it was introduced. And this newer generation may have a point we need to change that and discard plastic bags from shops. True enough it is what is happening. In the mean time paper, linen or hemp bags are being produced again, since they are environmental friendly.
Though did you know that before all those plastic bags we had paper bags? Those you still used in commercials or films. Inconvenient was the lack of a handle. So they were not so good to carry around. Yet we threw them away for plastic. Then there are the stories of the older people.
How they wrapped beans or other veggies in newspapers when you wondered the market. In those times it was normal to RECYCLE newspapers for this. After that they were used to light the fires.
Yes there is stuff to learn from these old brains and it is sad we are proudly giving ourselves pads on the back for our revolutionary ideas.
Times are changing and though it is a good thing we should not forget how we got here and see the good things our seniors have done. Because even now we the new generation are most likely introducing things that will harm a future.
We speak up on how we need to change and come out of our homes and connect to people. It is just in our nature and thanks to new gadgets we learn the newest of generations to communicate through screens only.
This is a personal observation, but in my neighbourhood where old people still rent the homes is or rather was a sense of community and slowly while they are been going to nursing homes or dying of old age the homes are being sold to young and very high educated people. And the doors stay shut. Hardly any communication or interaction with any of their neighbours.
One would be hearing old stories where people would just walk next door, pull a string and enter without thinking for a cup of tea and a talk. Sidewalks filled with people interacting and discussing, some working and helping with chores. And how these old people if living on their own still can’t go to their neighbour for a cup of sugar. The look on their faces, or so the story goes is just surprised. Sugar or salt is not something they have in bulk as I still do and other than that the other reaction is how they would repay them? Of course it is about money again.
We talk about understanding and helping our fellow human beings but for some reason we always need to think about what there is in it for ourselves. Selfishness is something that has gone as well.
I miss the old days and if you think they were ancient, the most of these stories above are no older than a 50 years. Yes only a little over 50 years ago we were still being responsible and a real community. Half a century is all it took to understand that we need to be like those times again.
It makes ‘old times’ or the ‘when I was younger’ seem closer all of a sudden then the latest generation likes to think.
Internet is only like what 40 years old? Just like the mobile or car phone. Not to mention a television is but close to a century old. Before all this people gathered in churches and squares or at home to talk or relay the news.
Times are changing as we refurbish the old and tried and call them new.
There are so much more funny stories and things that sound better than they are now but these are all on more personal level and closer to a home. Just think coffee. Grounded freshly in a shop. It is one of the new trends just like tea. Soap was just the same or sugar by the ounces since they did the shopping daily just to be outside and find some interaction. And nowadays we see health shops, grocery shops and small supers pop up everywhere, smaller more user friendly, green/biological and with better service. Oh how good the old days must have been right?