Everything has two sides, a good side and a dark side, a happy side and a sad side, but nothing is totally black and white. How’s that for an opening sentence. 🙂
The main crux for this post is about all those who want the “good old days” back as to mean when we didn’t have so much technology in our lives. They constantly complain about how so many people seem to be glued to their cell phones and such. But if they thought it through would they really like to go back fifty year or more?
Would they give up all the medical advances that technology has provided? I personally recently had a traumatic brain event that would more than likely killed me if it were 50 years ago. Today, with all the advanced imaging techniques they could precisely determine the locations and severity of my brain bleed and fix it with a two hour surgery. So, personally I can answer that I am very grateful for all the technology advances of the last fifty year. Especially in the medical field.
I can remember in college when I had to write some papers on a subject I had to spend hours going through the card files at the university library and then spend even more hours finding and studying the sources that were on those cards. Writing a routine paper was usually a twenty hour event. Today most questions can be answered with a Google search which takes seconds to do. We can all learn about almost any subject at least enough to be dangerous in a matter of minutes. 🙂 How many of us would give all that up and return to all those dusty 3 x 5 index cards?
I can remember as a kid living close to the “Army Finance Center” in Indianapolis. It was a HUGE building containing about 4,000 desks and probably 50,000 filing cabinets. The job of all these people was to issue the monthly paychecks to military personnel. Today that job is probably handled in closet sized space and a couple racks of computers.
For at least us guys out there I know we wouldn’t want to go back to having our wives nag us to ask for directions when we are traveling. Even when we did stop most often those directions were either wrong or too complicated to remember. Then there was the time when we were visiting a southern State and they gave us completely bogus directions because they saw our plates were from a northern State. I thank God for GPS and would never want to go back to what is was fifty years ago.
Ok, just one last example and I will let this all rest. Fifty years ago an average car lasted for about 40,000 miles before it was a complete junk. It probably got no more than a dozen or so miles per gallon and broke down on a monthly basis. Fast forward to today and my little 2012 Chevy Sonic gets 35 mpg and has had nothing but a few very minor problems. It should easily last for 200,000 miles or more. And it has twelve airbags to protect me in case of an accident.
If you really want to give up all these and thousands of other things then by all means do it. But, don’t ask the rest of us to join you in your retrograde desires.