- #1676012supergoldMemberMember since: May 9, 2009
Replies: 8336supergold April 14, 2018 at 8:07 am
An 86 year old friend has sent me this email:
MY PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS WERE LIVING DURING THIS TIME PERIOD (1915-16) – “One hundred years ago”.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1915:
* The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
* Fuel for cars was sold in chemists only.
* Only 14 percent of the homes had a bath.
* Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
* The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
* The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
* The average British wage in 1915 was £15 per year!
* A competent accountant could expect to earn £800 ($1600) per year.
* A dentist £900 ($1800) per year.
* A vet between £600 and £900 ($1200-$1800) per year.
* And, a mechanical engineer about £2000 ($4000) per year.
* More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.
* Ninety percent of all Doctors had no university education!
* Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”
* Sugar cost two pence a pound.
* Eggs were 10 pence a dozen.
* Coffee was five pence a pound.
* Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
* Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
**The American flag had 45 stars.
**The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.
**Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
**There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.
**Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and, only 6 percent of all British pupils went to university.
**Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner chemists.
**Back then chemists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?)
**Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…
**There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.! In 2014 this figure had risen to 14,249.
**In the UK the murder rate in 1915 was 1420. In 2015 it was 537.
I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all in a matter of seconds!
Can you imagine what it may be like 100 years from now?
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1676051supergoldMemberMember since: May 9, 2009
Replies: 8336supergold April 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1676102kaiMemberMember since: January 4, 2008
Replies: 9232kai April 14, 2018 at 8:49 pm
That is totally amazing Thanks for the share Supergold..
Cheers From Kai#1676120gabyoneMemberMember since: November 13, 2008
Replies: 2545gabyone April 15, 2018 at 9:07 am
Hard to get head around the huge changes since my parents were born.
A great read & many reasons to be glad that we have lived in a time of massive change.
Gabyone Auckland region#1676131lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
Replies: 1491lilith7 April 15, 2018 at 11:21 am
If heroin was once thought to be a ‘perfect guardian of health’, you really have to wonder what medical uses common now,might in 100 years be looked at in amazement!#1676273joybelMemberMember since: November 2, 2006
Replies: 33271joybel April 16, 2018 at 7:53 pm
I w0nder if the planet can survive another one hundred years with the abuse being forced on it to give the greedies all the selfish desires they seem to think is all theirs for the taking. We could even be worse off than our forbears of one hundred years ago. Something has to change for sure.#1677296jensMemberMember since: May 3, 2006
Replies: 7234jens April 24, 2018 at 10:08 am
Yes, whatever there is in store for us in the future, should we face it with with caution, prudence, thrift and some capital reserves for survivable calamities –
or with reckless abandon and no precautionary measures because “I will not survive into the future anyhow” ?
#1677308halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
- This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by jens.
Replies: 4446halcyon April 24, 2018 at 11:51 am
We will be worse off that our forbears joybel. Many in society have lost their survival skills that our grandparents had. They have not made the transition from dependence on parents to independence. They now expect Mother State to provide for them.#1677398jensMemberMember since: May 3, 2006
Replies: 7234jens April 25, 2018 at 10:34 am
halcyon – that might be so if we do nothing and carry on fighting between us as we still do like our forbears, or are on the verge of doing.
But what about if we and our descendants learn to co-operate with participation by all (for the sake of fairness, no dodgers!) on facing the known and possible human related dangers and deficits of the years ahead ?
In other words – just “drifting along” the line of struggle between sectional interests, as we seem to be doing up to now, or initiate more effort on foresight and thrift to face the future with more confidence than what joybel and you seem to have ?
#1677404halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
- This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by jens.
Replies: 4446halcyon April 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Jens, “participation by all” and “free choice” are mutually exclusive terms when talking about our current society. Go back to the days prior to our welfare society and people did participate. There was little choice. These days even encouragement to seek employment is being reviewed with a growing pressure to just provide people handouts without any expectation of participation in production.
So, eventually we may arrive at crossroads and find we do not have free choice.
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