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Coffee and What Happened to Society…

Sveta told me something the other day that got me thinking and then last night it hit home about what is wrong. I do not know how to fix it, but I know that something has happened to society’s all over the world. Things have changed in humans and they are not for the best…

Sveta said to me: “In the Soviet Union we never would have done that or acted like that.” I said: “Yes, in America 40 years ago we would not have done that either…” I do not even remember what it was about that we said these things, because we see things that make us say these statements several times a day…

But in the middle of the night last night. I awoke and was thinking about how messed up our society has become. I realize that there has always been the bad but it seems now that we have entered a new era of a “messed up bad” on earth. The bad has extended into a much higher percent of the population. Believe me Russia has the same problems that America has. What use to be once in awhile has become the norm in many cases…

I was thinking about when I was a little boy and on the Fourth of July we used dynamite as fire works. I remember that grandpa showed me how to wipe the sweat off a stick of dynamite and toss the droplets on the ground for firecracker sounds. We had 40% nitro commercial grade dynamite for taking out stumps (and fishing in the huge ponds). Dynamite was also used to destroy large boulders. In fact I knew where the dynamite was kept and could have played with it anytime I felt like. But I was told by my dad and grandpa that you did not mess with guns, dynamite, fire and electricity. I did what I was told and grew up respecting what my elders said and told me about rules and “what knots”…

It just dawned on me that whether it is Russia, America, Brazil, Europe or anywhere. I could not imagine in this day and age, having a box of dynamite on every farm for everyday use. We kept it cool and dry but never locked up and we had at least 4 cases that weigh 50lbs each in stock…

Could you imagine now days and a kid walking into his school with a Bic lighter and a stick of dynamite? I never thought that a kid would take a gun to school and shoot everyone, but it has happened many times in the world during recent history. So the notion that a kid would take a stick of dynamite to school for “show and tell” is a reality in the world we live in now…

So what happened to us? Why are we so messed up now? Why do we have to hide what use to be normal? Why and why and why?

I realize that things did happen such as the Bath School disaster in 1927 and others. But is that a reason to live in a shell and hide from life? Should we make society so closed that we can not even enjoy life?

I do know that  greatest Forth of July’s were when the adults tossed dynamite in the field. When I reached about 12 years old I was able to throw my first stick. It was into a pond and we went fishing. 🙂

It was an experience that I will never forget and was part of growing up and becoming a man. Good or bad, I grew up much different than the kids we raise now…

I also learned not to be scared of life…

Windows to Russia!

PS: Sveta says that media has a lot to do with the over reaction on things that happen in the world….

Hummm…

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