Is this really so shocking? Yes, when I was growing up I would drink water directly from the garden hose that was used to water the lawn. In fact, kids all over America would drink water directly from a garden hose in the old days. It wasn’t a big deal. In fact, if I get thirsty later I might just go outside and take a few sips. Apparently there are some people on social media that find this quite unacceptable. They seem to think that drinking out of a garden hose is unsafe, and they wonder what we were thinking. Well, the truth is that it was a completely different world back then. The following video really helps to put everything into perspective…
What it’s like for us explaining playing outside to the younger generations 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/WhTPpwKIqb
— TraderJill – Pronouns: The Crown/MemeQueen (@LadyJustice4512) March 4, 2023
I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
If young people think that drinking out of a garden hose is bad, just wait until they learn what else we did in those days.
When I was a very young child, I would walk to school completely unsupervised.
And I would also walk home completely unsupervised.
Once I got a little bit older, my parents would let my brother and I pretty much wander wherever we wanted.
As long as we were home for dinner, it was okay.
And once we learned how to ride bikes we could go vast distances.
Needless to say, there were no bike helmets in those days.
If you took a tumble, you got hurt.
But that toughened us up.
There were also no car safety seats.
We just all piled into the back and hoped for the best.
If there had been a major collision, whoever was sitting in the middle seat probably would have flown into the windshield.
In those days we also used trampolines without any safety nets.
It was all fun and games until somebody bounced the wrong way.
But if someone got hurt they cried a little bit and then kept on playing.
We lived in a world where nothing was “childproofed”, and somehow we survived.
We would even climb very tall trees without any fear.
The outdoors was our playground, and we would play for endless hours under the hot sun without any sunscreen at all.
Yes, there were dangers.
But we made it through and we are still here today.
I think that the fact that we pay more attention to safety today is a good thing, but on the other hand we have taken the coddling of our kids to such extremes that many of them cannot even handle the real world once they get older.
We keep them so bottled up and so protected, but in the process they never develop the toughness that they need to face the harsh realities of life.
And we don’t challenge our kids very much because we just want them to feel good about themselves.
But if we don’t challenge our kids, standards start to slip, and over time the change can be dramatic.
For example, Harvard students apparently have a very difficult time with a book that many of us would read in high school when I was young…
Students at Harvard now struggle to read The Scarlet Letter, a novel that was once one of those most commonly taught in high schools. pic.twitter.com/UkzPIsBhAI
— Stephen Pimentel (@StephenPiment) February 28, 2023
A college education is definitely not what it once was.
In the old days, going to college meant that you would be prepared for a specific profession.
Today, parents spend enormous mountains of money so that their kids can be taught all about “furries”…
A Boston College professor brought furries into a lecture and instructed his literature students to create their own “fursonas.”
Christopher Polt is an associate professor at Boston College — which describes itself as “grounded in the ideals that inspired our Jesuit founders.” According to his profile on the institution’s website, Polt has “taught courses on ancient and modern comedy, nature and the environment in the ancient world, and translation theory and practice, as well as a broad range of language courses from introductory to advanced.” Polt currently teaches a class titled “Beast Literature.”
So much has changed in just a couple of generations, and the pace of change appears to be accelerating.
The trans movement has more than doubled the percentage of the US population identifying as non-heterosexual, going up from 3.5% in 2012 to 7.2% in 2022.
Most of these numbers are from Gen Z, about 20% of which identify as non-hetero. pic.twitter.com/s13LRSqxtJ
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) March 1, 2023
The relentless march of time does not stop for anyone.
No matter how much we may want to go back to the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s or the 1980s, the truth is that those days are long gone.
We can’t change the past, but we can change the future.
And many believe that the key to changing the future is to rediscover the values of the past.
People I used to consider a little “weird” when I was young:
HomeschoolersThe AmishDevout Church peopleOrganic food eatersAnti-Big Pharma medicinePeople who waited until marriageConspiracy theorists
People who ended up being mostly right the whole time:
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) March 3, 2023
If our founders could see us today, what would they think?
This is a question that I have posed to my readers numerous times.
Previous generations of Americans sacrificed so much so that we could be here today.
Now it is our turn, and we don’t want to be the generation that fumbles the ball.