Posted by Kate on July 31, 1998 at 14:31:14:
In response to I would still rather live back then, written by Earlene on July 30, 1998 at 03:56:45
] After all is said I would rather live back then. Life was much simpler. We wouldn't know what we would miss. We would make do. Our air would have more oxygen in it. Our meats and vegies would be more nutritiuos. Our bodies would be stronger. We would read more!
Of course we wouldn't know what we were missing. But actually, our meat would be more likely to be rotten (no refridgeration) And our milk would carry all sorts of nasties pre-Pasteurization.
And we would only read more if we COULD read. The reality is that probably 80 per cent of us wouldn't be able to. And life, while simpler, would involve backbreaking labour, minimal personal rights and, for women, high rates of death due to child birth.
I do think there were a few better things about life back then. (and I'm sorry Mist, I didn't meant to imply at all that you were stupid! a ball is fun...) But I also know that I would probably have been one of those women like Mary Bennet who rarely got asked to dance, and was looked down on for being too smart, and end up living a miserable existence as someone's maiden aunt or as a governess (if I had the good fortune to be born into the upper classes). At least in this day and age, even if I'm not gorgeous, I can get respect and earn a living from my intellect - and know that I will NEVER have to depend on any one else to keep myself alive.
That to me is worth all the balls, afternoon tea parties and strolls in the orchard you could give me.
Oh, and the contraceptive pill and modern sanitary hygiene products weight fairly heavily in the balance too! ;-)
- True, but.... Earlene 04:47:11 8/01/98 (2)
- I agree with you, Kate! Diana LB 16:28:47 7/31/98 (0)
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