“That’s so,” said Pa. “These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraph and kerosene and coal stoves – they’re good things to have but the trouble is, folks get to depend on ’em.” The Long Winter p. 193
We look at this paragraph and think, “Railroads and coal stoves? They’d jump out of their skin if they could see where we are today…” And yes, that’s probably true. I’ve heard stories from older folks about how they were actually scared of the telephone when it became a household item.
But then there is the other side of this, the younger generation mostly that would look at this paragraph and think, “Wow, I would have never survived in a world without my ___.”
Which one are you? Do you look at all the gadgets and try and “go back in time” and make due with things that can be done without electricity? Or are you the one that looks at all the new things and how they can improve your life?
I think it’s interesting how these 2 different perspectives can change our lifestyle and how we live. For one, I don’t like being hooked up to community electricity. It’s unreliable and if it fails, I can’t fix it, I’m just stuck. So at our next house, one of my requirements is that we install a wind generator. (If we can.) I’m not giving up on technology all together, just finding an alternative that works for us.
I don’t have too much to say on this topic but I rather open it up to discussion in the comments section.
What do you think of progression? Do you shy away from it or do you jump in with full force?
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