Posted by Paul Malo on September 18, 2002 at 13:13:34:
In Reply to: Re: technology-the man-the social behaviour,a Bermuda triangle? posted by BRUTUS on September 18, 2002 at 12:22:54:
Oh, you're a romantic, Brutus. Read some accounts of typical family life, before medicine saved children from fatal illness, before ordinary people could be educated, before there was freedom of choice. Ask the "happy serf" about his life on a Russian estate. Why do you suppose there was a Russian revolution?
Putting the elderly away in institutions may not be an attractive prospect, as you suggest, but read Octave Mirbeau's short story, "Useless Mouths," about how a French peasant family simply starved the useless grandmother to death.
The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence, whether the differences are geographical or temporal. Change always produces some compensating costs for every benefit, but change generally occurs because of the need to better the human condition.
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