Thursday, August 06, 2009

gilbert

'what Eustace sees is a society steadily undoing itself, it might be argued, by its own over-resourcefulness. Clever, ambitious, and always in search of greater efficiency, we Americans have, in two short centuries, created a world of push-button, round-the-clock comfort for ourselves. The basic needs of humanity - food, clothing, shelter, entertainment, transportation, and even sexual pleasure - no longer need to be personally labored for or ritualized or even understood. All these things are available to us now for mere cash. Or credit. Which means that nobody needs to know how to do anything anymore, except the one narrow skill that will earn enough money to pay for the conveniences and services of modern living.'

2 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

You hit the nail on the head there, life is made too easy for us now, Generations ago one had to work hard to achieve what we take for granted. Enjoyed the read.

Yvonne.

Diomedies said...

But I'll tell you what: For those of us who want to do something this environment has created more freedom than has ever existed in the history of the world. I don't even have to do my own shopping, I can order it online and that means that I can be busy doing something else like starting businesses, being with friends, creating. The only sticking point in this is to make sure that you have a source of income or a job you love, but seeing as that's what America that should definitely be possible.

I don't see all this as a bad thing as long as you bother to raise your kids properly so they don't get sucked into the black hole of bad things.

As far as I see it, take care of yourself, those around you, and make damn sure your kids will be alright. After that, life is peachy.