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  1. AD1184

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    This meme is based on a foolish notion of misplaced generational responsibility. School children live in the world created by their forebears. It is incorrect to blame them for being driven to school, for disposable bottles and plastic bags, fast food, and long haul air travel. It is also incorrect for someone to claim credit for the world of their own childhood, as that was provided by their forebears also. The world that the 'oldies' are responsible for, then, is exactly the modern world inhabited by present day school children, as the period in which a generation changes the world is in their adulthood--and often more so towards the end of their working life than at the beginning as they are in more senior positions. Someone who is eighty now would have been sixty twenty years ago and still of working age. The world of twenty years ago was pretty much identical in respect of the things being complained about here, and this was before any school child in the present was born.
     
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  2. AD1184

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    From my earliest memories in the late 1980s, plastic bags were what you got your shopping in from the supermarket. Recycling of glass bottles was no longer the norm. Two-car families were common in suburbia. Travelling to and from school for me was a mix of walking and being driven (not in a 4x4, but a Fiat 127, and later a Ford Fiesta).

    We still took milk deliveries from a milk float, until my family moved abroad in 1991 (where we did not get milk deliveries, and I took a bus to school). When we returned, milk deliveries were well out of fashion (although they are still available in my area, but oversubscribed at the moment due to the Covid lockdown).

    4x4s on the school run began to become popular in the late 1990s. Mothers brought the shopping home by car, same as now (at least in areas where car ownership is practical).

    McDonald's had recently been introduced to Britain, and I first visited a branch at another child's birthday party. McDonald's had existed in the US since 1940, and was the brain-child of Richard and Maurice McDonald, and its expansion that of a gentleman named Ray Kroc. All would be well over one-hundred years old if they were still alive, each having died of old age decades ago. Polystyrene food boxes existed. In those days, I think you could still just about get your fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.

    Our first holiday abroad by air was in 1989. And our first long haul holiday was Christmastime 1990, to the country we later moved to (the 747-100 aircraft had to stop to refuel at an intermediate destination, although the recently-introduced 747-400 would have been capable of making the journey non-stop). International travel became nearly ubiquitous by the turn of the millennium.

    I think every example used to describe the modern world in this meme could describe Britain in the year 2000. And most of them would describe Britain of 1990. And likewise, every description of the 'olden days' would contrast with the Britain of 2000.
     
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  3. AD1184

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    Have you heard of the Maeklong Railway market in Thailand?

     
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  4. pigfarmer

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    That isn't just some meme. My grandparents were a lot like that. Very lean existence, wasted nothing, fixed and reused endlessly. Sewed, made clothing and when washed hung it on a line. Lots of talk about the Depression, rationing during the war. Not a meme to them, they lived through it and talked about it enough to make an impression on me. When I grew up in the '60s we had milk delivery from a local dairy in glass bottles to an insulated box on the front porch. We'd wash out the old ones and put them in there for pick up. Newspapers lined the garbage cans not plastic, no recycle bin and amazingly a family didn't need a waste container the size of a Buick just to last a week. No intenet - I remember the Fuller Brush man coming in to hawk his wares. Very different from the crapola I just ordered on eBay while sitting here in my underwear.

    Of course, the house was jammed to the rafters with asbestos, lead paint and everyone smoked like a chimney. I don't know if the word 'cholesterol' was in common use but it definitely wasn't there. Filled the old Studebaker up with leaded fuel to run down to the local hardware store to pick up maybe more some lead paint or asbestos insulation. I used to peel that stuff (paint) off the old horse barn in long strips and eat it. That and the bread they used to throw out for the birds after it had been out there a day or two (you have to wait for the flavor to seep in). That wasn't privation, that was just whatever the hell was wrong with me at the time.

    We're a wasteful lot with nobody to blame but themselves. If that generation wants to call us out on it they are entitled to.
     
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    I didn't say that the past was merely a meme. However, the developments that the meme picture is railing against were complete decades ago. The decisions which led to their being realized were made decades before that. The people responsible for those decisions are now largely retired, if they are not already dead, and are thus 'old' and would have grown up in a world lacking many of the modern conveniences.

    And the text in the picture is accusing school children of hypocrisy, who cannot have been born by the time that all of these things became commonplace, and who have innocently inherited a world created for them by those who came before. However, in as much as school children blame the previous generations for wasteful modern luxuries, they usually do so at the behest of adults from previous generations, mainly their school teachers, and people brought in to lecture pupils in schools.

    It was not altogether different when I was at school. I went to a pretty liberal private international school when living abroad about 25 years ago, and we were frequently lectured at assembly and in humanities classes about our modern affluence. We were taught that the world we were living in (and had been designed by our parents, grandparents and great grandparents) was unjust, and it was all our fault for living in it.
     
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    Blah, blah, blah...where's your pictures? :lol: 2211-jet-water-skiing.jpg
     
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    Poor Kitties fancy leaving them home alone with a ghost.
     
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  10. pigfarmer

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    Those look like almost exactly our two hairy nitwits right down to the Meerkat pose. My guess is the video caught the friend checking in. Don't know why the door closed but can conjure up a few ideas. Cool though.
     
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    No. Not even a little pretty. Yuck! :eek:
     
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    I often wonder if a spaceship from out there should land on Earth what would the people of this planet think if an Arachnid disembarked from it. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd like to think I'm a pretty level guy not prone to being easily frightened, but if something like that approached me even with a bouquet of flowers and the cure for cancer in its slime dripping claws there is only one possible reaction:

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    From my earliest memories in the late 60s and early 70s paper bags at the grocery was the norm, there were no plastic bags, however I think sometime in the mid 70s plastic bags began to appear or that's when I started noticing them and the bagboy began asking if we wanted paper or plastic bags, my mom always chose paper...I can't recall ever seeing milk delivered to the front door but we randomly walked to a small grocery/convenient store nearby to get a gallon of milk and cigarettes, my mom smoked, and on the walk back she would light one up while I carried the milk...I remember we also walked to the local bakery a couple blocks away every Sunday to get pastries and every Thursday to get bread if she didnt feel like making bread, sometimes she did make bread from scratch...

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