Becoming Wimps…


wimpsIn the old days, when we wasn’t sanitary, why, we were strong enough to withstand germs. But nowadays, we have to be careful of the microbes, for if they get a hold on us, we are goners.

The old-fashioned gourd that the whole family drank out of, from birth to death, would today kill more of the modern population than a war would   — July 15, 1931  Will Rogers

I am kind of aligned with Will here and especially since it has been over eighty years that he wrote these words of wisdom. I think especially since Will’s time we have grown into a nation of wimps.
We get vaccinated for just about everything that can make us sick.  In the old days and that includes when I was a kid, chicken pox and such ran through entire grade school classes at a time. Some mothers even exposed their kids so they wouldn’t get it later. We are just wimps nowadays.

Now that we are “sanitary” we seem to be vulnerable to just about everything. In the old days if I dropped my hotdog on the ground I would simply pick it up, wipe off the dirt, and continue eating it. The germs and stuff I ate in the process made me stronger. Can you imagine any parent allowing their kid to eat dirt today? We are just wimps nowadays.

All these computers and desk jobs are making us wimps.  In the old days a guy working an assembly line often had to lift heavy stuff  like car doors all day long.  In the process he got muscles and was pretty fit. Now all that heavy lifting is done by robots. It doesn’t take muscles to do a job like in the old days.  We are just wimps nowadays.

The kids learn to be wimps from an early age. In the old days before video games kids were outside running around playing cowboys and indians. Now they are for the most part camped out in front of a TV with only thumbs being exercised.  Kids are just wimps nowadays.

But I’m just a simple guy  who is also a wimp so what do I know…