posted on Feb, 11 2014 @ 02:46 PM
Just for the day.. are you sure? I don't know if I am.
Notice how careless the people are. They have the space to move freely. They don't seem fearful at all. Kids running in front of trams like they are
on a playground.
Look at us now, we spend a lot of our time in miles of traffic, with long faces, staring at our i-phones. Looking for where our soul went. Everyone
trying their best to fit into all the right categories.
What I see in these films is real life human beings. Now, I mostly see robots, and the occasional human being.
You see what you want to see. the "Good old days" were called "These trying times." The people you see here were extremely poor, most of them. Indoor
plumbing and electricity were a godsend and probably did not exist in the rural areas. The lifespan for men was 58, women: 62. Medical care was
primitive and epidemic diseases like Polio were common. Transportation was extremely expensive. The fastest way was by train, which cost a fortune.
Those who had automobiles could expect near daily break-down and flat tires happened every day.
Many of the children you see are a few years from draft age, and they would have been in WW II and sent off to foreign wars. Of course, their attitude
was different. It was their patriotic duty, but also, they had no choice. It was not a volunteer service. Socially, church attendance was virtually
required if you were to have any place on society at all, as long as it was a Protestant denomination, and you will notice the absence of Blacks and
Asians. Though in Ohio there probably weren't many, those who were lived "elsewhere" and Lord help them if they wanted a drink of water from the
public drinking fountain, much less a restaurant or soda counter. And if you were Gay? Forget it.
If you had a telephone it was with a party-line shared with several other customers handled by an operator who had the "phone company central office"
in a closet in her home and knew everyone's business. There was no expectation of privacy in communications. If you were lucky enough to have a radio,
it was a central appliance and the whole family gathered around to listen to President Roosevelt tell the American populace they had "nothing to fear
but fear itself."
There were a lot of very frightened people then who felt like the whole world was coming around down on their heads. Four years later it did and the
nation was engaged in a massive struggle we don't even understand today. So you go right ahead and wax nostalgic about those times, but I'll put up
with some traffic today and take my iPhone over what they had back then any day.
edit on 2/11/2014 by schuyler because: (no reason