Friday, June 9, 2017

Random Tid Bits

This post is going to be about taking two steps forward, and two steps back. Does anyone have the Paula Abdul song stuck in your head now? Has the world actually gotten better as time moves forward?

I think about this every single time I watch Little House on the Prairie.

  1. Health Care used to be more for the people. Now it's more about business. A long, long time ago you could get healthcare in return for eggs, chickens and more, doctors made house calls, and everyone was guaranteed care. Costs went up dramatically because of technology. CT scans, MRI's all cost money.

    Pharmaceutical companies and Health Insurance companies are much of the problem.

    I think good doctors have always cared about their patients well being. A long time ago I think people had other people's backs way more than they do now. On the flip side our life expectancy is longer than it used to be because we have the tools to prolong life. Back then if doctors had the tools they would have used them. Right now many aren't getting the care they should have. I don't have the answers. I wish I did. In your opinion is healthcare better now than it was then?

  2. Let's talk about food. Our food is so good. We have more gluten, nut and dairy allergies than ever. Where are all these allergies coming from? Is it antibiotics, and growth hormones that are given to animals that in turn hurt us? Is it the pesticides that are sprayed on our crops that weaken our immune systems? I have to admit that it's handy to have pre-made snacks. There's something to be said about how REAL food shouldn't last as long as it does. Are we better off, or worse off when it comes to food today compared to the olden days? 

  3. I remember the the 70s and 80s where many moms would stay home with their kids. If my mom was working; there was surely a mom down the street that was around to help watch me. Yes I'm all for women making just as much as men in the same job. The women's right movement did do one thing in a not so positive way. We've gotten to the point in our culture where both parents have to work. I think kids are way better off if one parent is home with them. It could be the dad or the mom. The trouble is, most families can afford it.

    In my opinion: We helped equality, and at the same time we smashed child development in the process. 

  4. There's always this argument about racism: Is it better, or worse now than it was many moons ago? Keep in mind that racism isn't only about race anymore. It's really about anyone that isn't like you. While it's true that black people do not have to sit on the back of the bus and women do have the right to vote, we still have racism in the world. I think we always will. I don't think we're born with it. I think it's a learned trait. Oftentimes those that learn it from their parents, will carry it to their children.

    If you've never listened to Jane Elliot teach about racism look up her name on YouTube. Her talks are very eye opening.

  5. Technology! I have to admit I'm guilty of being addicted. I blog, I check emails, I check social media outlets. For work I run the school's facebook page. I'm on there a lot. If I didn't have all the technology I couldn't keep up with past students, friends and family. At the same time I wouldn't have my mouth drop when it comes to those people as well. I have a different view of some people because of what they post. Maybe they do of me as well.

    I do have to say that I have had positive things happen through social media:

    Someone posted that a family wanted to get rid of special needs equipment. I told my sister. Now my sister has a new friend + used/new equipment for Emerson.

    I also got a ton of baby food jars for my Color and Design Theory class because someone was getting rid of them.

    Is social media a good thing, or not?


Becca said...

I think there are advantages and disadvantages to life today. When my family is out to dinner and everyone is on their phones, it makes me dislike cell phones. But when I need to look something up quickly, it's so nice that I can do it on my phone! I think we should just sometimes pretend that we are still in old times so we can appreciate things :)

~ Noelle said...

I LOVE technology for keeping in touch.
As for being able to stay home with the kids, I really wish I could... but it's time to get a job.

Harry Flashman said...

You make good points. I've always thought that overall, life in America reached it's point of highest achievement in the 1950's. The sixties brought in a steady decline in virtually every aspect of life in this country. Today the quality of life is much lower than it was then.

The family was largely intact, with mom at home and dad working. People could go to one job, and stay there throughout their entire working lives. You retired with a pension. Healthcare was good, and virtually everyone had health care through their employer. There was no "deduction clause", no "co-insurance" and no "copayment."

I think the term "racism" is often used today to describe any act, thought, or person who disagrees with "progressive" ideology, or with any minority person. It's so overused and inappropriately used that it's really not a viable concept anymore. Different ethnic, national and religious groups detest other groups that have different cultures or beliefs. It's such a widespread practice that it's "the norm."

That was a good post. I know how you feel and I'm sure a lot of other people do too.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I think there are pros and cons to all of these issues. As much as I dislike social media and how everyone seems to be glued to their devices all the time, I have been able to use it to reconnect with long lost friends and keep in touch with out of state relatives easily.

I often wished my mom would have been able to stay home with us when we were kids. I sometimes wonder if more of a parent presence would have steered my siblings into a more positive way of life.


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