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Originally posted by bobs_uruncle
reply to post by ThreeDeuce
Direction in family units has been deteriorating over time and it's quite possibly deliberate as it is easier to take advantage of singled out and indoctrinated people than it is in a cohesive family unit. From what I can tell, up to about 300 years ago, extended families lived together or very close as in the houses next door. One's progeny could then learn from a series of very close extended family. When the industrial revolution kicked in, things changed somewhat, people relocated to find work and hence extended families were in many cases left behind and only seen on occasions. Two additional mutations seemed to have occurred in the 50's and 60's, the decades of rebellion and free love followed by the loss of religion in the 70's. The most recent mutation which started in the 80's I think would be the religion of political correctness, the family doesn't matter time, which seems to have reached its peak after the turn of the century.
The whole thing seems steered to me and certainly not a natural progression. Personally, I like the Old Native American ethic when it comes to families. It's very communal, everyone shares work and everyone shares in the benefits. Native Americans 200 years ago were like Europeans 1000 years ago as far as the family unit and extended family seem to operate. But back then it was about what you could do to help the members of your extended family/tribe, not how far you could screw them over.
I think we would be much better off if we maintained the old ethics and morals but coupled them with the new technology. But that wouldn't work well with the bankers, politicians and corporations now, would it? It would be a little too hard play divide and conquer.
Cheers - Dave
Originally posted by Gazrok
We don't see the tribe as often as we'd like to lately though...we need to.