Sunday, April 19, 2009

Today versus yesterday—how our society is changing

Today we live in a world, where 59 cent toilet paper is advertised at Walgreens instead of $10 gift items, where people move every day because they can’t afford to stay in their homes or apartments, where for-sale signs are the norm, cars go back to dealerships, dealerships close, businesses go out of business, where people trade food, barter services and pick all the fruit off the trees in their front yards (or their neighbors). We also live in a world where non-profits prosper, or at least more of them are born, where people help each other, more people network than ever before, and where they promote and support each other’s products or services, in the hopes, and rightly so, that the effort will be reciprocated and they will earn goodwill, connections, and clients. We live in a world where inspiring alliances are born to give long-term care to disabled or wounded soldiers. Most people today understand that giving is receiving if not just more blessed than the latter. Creativity is at a peak and new frontiers are found, explored, and conquered on the internet. I am making friends across state lines on networking forums and like-minded local people are discovered via someone in a different state suggesting we “link up” or “become friends”. Learning is en vogue again, as everybody becomes eager to acquire new skills and new forums, ideas, and software are shared freely in hopes of receiving more information on new “portals” to new customers. We live in a world where change abounds and teabags are more of a side-note than serious news. A world where Texas is threatening to secede from the Union (which seems somewhat un-American when the country is at war and in a recession), protesting tax increases that really are tax cuts, and where we are wondering why we didn’t let the South secede or why they didn’t do this before the 2000 elections, perhaps sparing us the current catastrophic outlook or perhaps not, as they would still be neighbors and this would hardly be fair to many nice, hard working, intelligent people living along millions of progressives in the red states. I receive 100 supportive e-mails to maybe one negative and the naysayers are a huge minority to a mostly supportive citizenship of these, our United States--a conglomerate of beautiful, free, sometimes exasperating, quirky, unruly, creative, individualistic and also exceedingly friendly people, counties, cities and States. Neighbors today are helping neighbors more than ever before, handshakes and diplomacy are popular again on an international level, justice might be served on past issues in the near future, families stay home more, producing a closer units and mentally and emotionally better-adjusted children, couples spend more time together be that because one of them is out of work or because they can’t afford to go out as much, thus decreasing divorce rates and splits. We are focusing more on the things that are free in life: Friendship, the outdoors, parks, relationships with pets and people, available educational and networking events. We’re turning into a society that’s every more social, and for the better.
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