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Time to reflect

Imagine you were born in 1900.

When you are 14 World War I begins and ends when you are 18 with 22 million dead.

Soon after, a global pandemic Flu called ” Spanish “, kills 50 million people.

You come out alive and free You are 20 years old. At 29, you are experiencing a global economic crisis that began with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment and hunger.

At the age of 33, the Nazis came to power. You are 39 when World War II begins and ends when you are 45 years old. Six million Jews die in the Holocaust (Shoah). In total, there will be over 60 million deaths.

When you are 52, the Korean War begins. When you are 64, the Vietnam War starts and ends when you are 75.

A child born in 1985 thinks his grandparents have no idea how hard life is, and they survived various wars and catastrophes.

A boy born in 1995 and today a 25-year-old thinks it’s the end of the world when his package arrives at Amazon in more than three days or doesn’t get more than 15 ‘likes’ for his photo posted on Facebook or Instagram.

In 2020, many of us live in comfort, have access to various sources of home entertainment, and often have more than we need. But people complain about everything. However, they have electricity, telephone, food, hot water and a roof over their heads. None of this existed before.

But mankind has endured much more tragic circumstances and never lost its joy in life. Maybe it’s time to be less selfish, to stop complaining and crying.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    And before you say something like “but min wage is 15 now it was only 2 cents back then” you need to realise our buying power has changed over the years and our money is no longer valuable. Families used to be well off with one income now it is absolutely necessary to work 2 jobs or more between 2 parents in order to survive. That’s what I mean when I say we work for cheaper and longer hours now.
    Comic book, bag of chips, bubble gum and some candy cost like 25c (the price of returning a few empties) now you cant do anything with 25c, that same pop bag of chips and comic book would cost you 15$ easy. That’s 150 bottles please!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I like how you fail to mention any tragedies that happened after 1960 like it was nothing. Kids born in the 90s have had to deal with: y2k hysteria, 2001 WTC collapse, war on terror, war in Iraq, 2008 recession, covid, plus a whole gamut of other socio issues stemming from the use of social media.

    At least our grandparents were able to fight and survive and come back to a country they recognized, they then lived their lives next to neighbors they recognized and went through much the same as them. The whole town was a community back then. Now these days white culture is practically outlawed and we are being forced to work faster cheaper and with less benefits than our grandparents did all while being bombarded with news that the world is ending climate change blahs blahs blahs. Dont have kids but well import more so you dont have to have kids, white people are bad after all.

  3. Anonymous says:

    6 million? Bullshit.

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