Imagine if you were born in 1900...
When you’re 14, World War I begins and ends when you’re 18 years old, with over 18 million dead.
Shortly after, a global pandemic Flu called ’Spanish Flu,’ kills 50 million people.
You come out alive and free. You are now 20 years old.
Then at 29, you survive a global economic crisis (The Great Depression) that resulted in people losing their jobs, homes, and entire possessions, and an unemployment rate of 24%. There was no Unemployment Insurance or Government assistance then.
At 30 the Dust Bowl and severe drought (’Dirty 30’s’) begins and lasts for years.
At 33, the Nazis come to power.
You turn 39 when World War II starts and ends when you are 45. During this Holocaust, 6 million Jews are murdered and there will be over 60 million deaths in total.
When you’re 52, the Korean War begins.
At age 64, US involvement in the Vietnam War begins and ends at age 74.
A person born in 1985 thinks their grandparents have no idea how difficult life is,
but they have survived several wars and disasters.
A person born in 1995 and now 25 years old thinks it’s the end of the world when their Amazon package takes over three days to arrive or when they don’t get more than 15 likes for a photo posted on Facebook or Instagram.
In 2020, many of us live comfortably, have access to different sources of home entertainment, and often have more than we need.
But many people complain about everything though they have electricity, central heat, a phone, ample food, hot water, radio, and TV, things not available a century ago. Little of this was even readily available 80 years ago.
Most people did not have electricity, a radio, a phone or central heat in their home, or even hot water. And food was very limited, especially in winter. TV did not exist.
But mankind survived and never lost the joy of living.
Maybe it’s time to be less self-obsessed and think about life in the past, before complaining about life today.