As a grandparent now, I’m astonished at how much things have changed for children since I was growing up way back in the seventies. When it comes to looking at the foods, medication, health and safety of children these days it seems we’ve taken made some progress, but in may ways we’ve gone backwards. It’s not that I’m against technology and the latest innovations, but when you examine it closely I wonder if it helps us manage our lives as much as we think it does.
I look at the amount of fear parents have these days when it comes to their children I’m amazed. And the society at large doesn’t seem to be any different. When I look at the level of fear today and compare it to when I was a child I certainly see that we as a society have immersed our children in an environment that is overly hygienic, way too medicalized, anxiety ridden to the point of paranoia and obsessive compulsive to a toxic degree. We have created an atmosphere of fear and cowardice, training our children to be afraid of everything and everyone. This seems to be today’s “norm.”
We Entertained Each Other for Fun
There was no World Wide Web, personal computers, cell phones, iPads or video games. Our lives didn’t involve electronic devices or being in close proximity to electromagnetic radiation. Instead we kept ourselves entertained by hanging out with our friends and getting involved in sports. We were always doing some sort of physical activity, which kids don’t get much of these days compared to 40 or 50 years ago. The result is that we have insulin resistance, rampant obesity, and other problems that could cause diabetes in kids as young as ten.
Way back when we weren’t occupied with our electronic games and devices, distracting us from our siblings and friends. We kept company with each other and whatever emotional states we were in, we dealt with them by spending time with family and friends. Today by allowing our children to text, Facebook and Instagram everyone across the globe we have turned them into a generation of brainless zombies who seem only able to interact with others when they’re behind a monitor, speaker, headset or earpiece. Face to face interactions have become just too frightening.
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