As I walk my dog each day I find time to think and ponder. As I hear people on TV complain about their wants, as I take each day and think about it I ask myself, How did we get here? I see these things you will read as you go on in the general public, my own family members, friends and co-workers. As I do so I wonder if I can put it into words. So here I go. Please click on the rating button or comment on each part as we go on.
How did we get here? Where is here? Long ago as we were becoming a nation we did thing differently. We worked hard just to feed ourselves and our family. There was never a RETIREMENT. You worked until you died or until you were not able to work anymore. And even then you could do something until you passed on. Farmers worked in the fields to grow crops to feed themselves and their family. Any extra was sold or bartered to others for supplies they may need. The men also hunted the food such as deer or raised cattle to eat as well. Life was very hard back then. But you worked and when you did you saw the rewards of your labor. But remember there was NO RETIREMENT.
As time went on we grew as a nation. We moved west and many settled in the Midwest and we populated the country. Times were still tough.But there was a boom time called the Roaring 20’s.
COPIED FROM INTERNET: The Roaring Twenties is a term sometimes used to refer to the 1920s in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, characterizing the decade’s distinctive cultural edge in New York City, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, London, and many other major cities during a period of sustained economic prosperity. French speakers called it the “années folles” (“Crazy Years”), emphasizing the era’s social, artistic, and cultural dynamism. “Normalcy” returned to politics in the wake of hyper-emotional patriotism after World War I, jazz music blossomed, the flapper redefined modern womanhood, and Art Deco peaked. Economically, the era saw the large-scale diffusion and use of automobiles, telephones, motion pictures, and electricity, unprecedented industrial growth, accelerated consumer demand and aspirations, and significant changes in lifestyle and culture. The media focused on celebrities, especially sports heroes and movie stars, as cities rooted for their home team and filled the new palatial cinemas and gigantic stadiums. In most major countries women won the right to vote for the first time.
COPIED FROM INTERNET: Finally the Wall Street Crash of 1929 ended the era, as the Great Depression set in worldwide, bringing years of worldwide gloom and hardship. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in 1930 and lasted until the late 1930s or middle 1940s. It was the longest, most widespread, and deepest depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world’s economy can decline. The depression originated in the U.S., after the fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday). The Great Depression had devastating effects in countries rich and poor. Personal income, tax revenue, profits and prices dropped, while international trade plunged by more than 50%. Unemployment in the U.S. rose to 25%, and in some countries rose as high as 33%.
The great depression came about and things go real bad. Soup kitchens helped feed the hungry, churches did what they could do and people helped each other. And as we all know there were bad people who took advantage of others. It has always been that way. Good and bad in every situation. But we survived. The Government did not have FEMA, WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS, or other Government programs to help the people. People helped people.
COPIED FROM INTERNET: The instability created in Europe by the First World War (1914-18) set the stage for another international conflict–World War II–which broke out two decades later and would prove even more devastating. Rising to power in an economically and politically unstable Germany, Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist (Nazi Party) rearmed the nation and signed strategic treaties with Italy and Japan to further his ambitions of world domination. Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 drove Great Britain and France to declare war on Germany, and World War II had begun. Over the next six years, the conflict would take more lives and destroy more land and property around the globe than any previous war. Among the estimated 45-60 million people killed were 6 million Jews murdered in Nazi concentration camps as part of Hitler’s diabolical “Final Solution,” now known as the Holocaust.
Remember, during WWII we built airplanes, ships, tanks, trucks bombs, bullets and so many things to support the war. Women went to work in factories while men went off to war. We sacrificed oil, rubber, gasoline, cotton, nylon, etc all to support the war. Could we do that now? Would we give up things to support the war now? I really DO NOT think we would. I wish we were willing to do so, but I do not think their group of people living in this time in history are willing to give up their luxuries for anybody or anything.
Again: How did we get here? Where are we?