Nice to be back, folks! Hope you are all doing fine. Please continue to contact me with your interests and ideas, they are still very necessary and I do enjoy hearing your opinions. If you approve of the posts, what exactly do you like about receiving stories of personal knowledge and experience in our local history? Tell me, please.
I am basically doing a rush job on this one and so will be leaving the links behind for a handful of observations.
Yes, "Continuity" is the name of the post, as attesting to various facets of our lives in referring to the many complications we deal with so often. There are alarming changes we have seen in a relatively small number of years. I could of just as well called it Discontinuity, too. An opposite example would be the unfortunate occurrence of the manner of rarer posts made to the blog in the last year or so! Now you probably get the drift, right? Here, we are concerned with lack of continuity in our lives in modern times. I decided to forgo making connection to links or research. The main concerns seem self-explanatory to me.
Although by no means a "scholastic report', beyond the obvious concerns of recent political and media bias run rampant, as always in historical terms, there is a continuance of change in the broader scheme of things, yet we live in a more manic and volatile age.
A little list will definitely include the following:
- Commercials: More and more frequently, they are full of nonsense and contain weird humor. A real chore to sit through.
- Older Americans - And the old heroes are long gone -replacing them with WHAT?! Comic book characters, then? A great improvement, maybe in the ideas and impressionistic minds of the young, but hardly producing a lsting effect in the quality of their
- Government regulations: appear ever more stringent and complicated, perhaps in the attitude of 'doing somthing' to make situations look better.
- Degradation of music. This one should be obvious to most older Americans. Many younger people have much to say about the lack of quality and content also. Need we say much more?
- Advanced technology: Such advances are a positive in some ways, especially in a lowering of price ranges for consumers, but still seems to get more complicated, not less so. Just look at the constant stream of 'apps' for your phone or computer...gigabytes from kilobytes, on and on it goes while security does not keep up as noted in the next category.
- Social networking: All one need do is observe Facebook and some other online conglomerates and the newer realizations that being hacked in the millions is suppose to become somehow acceptable these days. All for the pleasure of an upgrade here and there. Many of us sensed all along where this could be leading the nation.
- Upgrades: After a while, yep, no more upgrades - like vintage 8
tracks, cassettes, all wiped away without a thought. The same with the
old Windows systems, long unsupported; old phones and outmoded
televisions fall quickly by the wayside. So much more modernity exists all around us as I write this. Oh the march of what is weakly
called 'progress'! Naturally enough, the young may not notice these
conditions so much, that's understandable. It's about time they took a
closer look at our society and the stability or lack thereof. Because
personally, for whatever reason, I tended to pay attention to trends in
my surroundings going back to my teenage years. Maybe we were a bit more studious back then, who knows.
There are probably a lot of other issues that could be mentioned -crime, immigration, taxes, changing plans with utility companies, the job market, on and on. You are reading this now, so I would venture a strong guess that you are smart enough to know what those problems are and have lots of creative ideas on how they should be solved.
Hey, whatever happened to the dangers of noise pollution? How
about air pollution in our communities? Wasn't this a looming concern in
Speaking of the community, we have seen
the mixed results as the old ones die off, of people constantly moving here to there, homes being sold and rented out. Some of the influx
of local color and neighbors sadly appear to have less interest in these old
villages and their traditions. They are new to them, after all, holding
very little understanding or sympathy toward these localities comparing
unfavorably with residents who have had ancestors die here, go off to wars, buried in
our cemeteries, raised families and spent their lives growing up and cherishing the old spaces and places, having deeply invested in the prospects of local interests. Theirs was a special influence we must not be forget, their lives honored.
While the regular happenings taking place in town and village life in small segments offer a generalization of basic factors subject to minor change, this is to be expected. That does not explain the enormous adjustments we make in a large degree denoting many varying perspectives brought on by questionable circumstances involving long and short term causes of a whole melee of meaningful issues raising significant challenges to our regional way of life, to the point we are hard pressed to know which way to turn.
So...we do the best we can. Keep your nose to the wind and your wits about you, folks. Remember your p's and q's; try to keep our origins uppermost in your minds. There is always a tremendous hope around the corner and down the road.
Let us reassure ourselves of our American resourcefulness in years to come and I suggest you do not forget to give your prayers key consideration in asking for God's continual blessings in the future.
Let's start by experiencing and enjoying the continuity of a traditional holiday in the middle of the coming week!
Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year to you and yours