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  • #1676012
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    supergold

    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
    2. Tuberculosis
    3. Diarrhoea
    4. Heart disease
    5. Stroke

    **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)

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    supergold

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    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

    #1676102
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    kai

    That is totally amazing Thanks for the share Supergold..

    Cheers From Kai

    #1676120
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    gabyone

    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

    #1676131
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    lilith7

    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!

    #1676273
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    joybel

    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.

    #1677296
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    jens

    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” ?

    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by Profile photo of jens jens.
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    halcyon

    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.

    There are 10 types of people. Those who understand binary and those who don't

    #1677398
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    jens

    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 ?

     

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    halcyon

    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.

    There are 10 types of people. Those who understand binary and those who don't

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