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