If, like me, you were born in the 1950’s then you will have seen some amazing changes occur over the last 6 decades. In the 1950’s television was still in its infancy and not every household had a set. In the 1960’s the idea of renting technology was born and this created a boom for television. Now, any household without a set is in the minority.
By 1969 we had stepped off this rock and gone into space, that year we landed, and stepped out onto, another huge rock. Hard to believe but the computers used for space exploration took up entire buildings and had LESS memory, software and capability than the modern laptop. There was no way we dreamed of every house having computers back then. Except some did.
In the field of entertainment, we had cinema for movies. These didn’t stick around for more than a week, there were 2 shown back to back and Saturday morning Matinees for the kids. Parents could drop the kids off at the cinema and go back 3 hours later to collect them. The films on Saturday mornings tended to be informational, sensational serials. Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon made their debuts this way. Once television had found its way into every household cinema audiences dropped off.
Our parents were free to hand out physical punishments, a clip round the ear, the belt across the arse (sometimes buckle end). If you went home and said an adult had hit you then you’d get a hiding since “you must’ve been up to no good”. In the main, though, we learned by example and respected our elders, women and politicians told the truth (from their parties point of view). Scandal was rare and fame was earned. How times change, we all know politicians and lawyers lie, those who win lie better than their opponents. We all suffer for it in the end.
Global warming happened every Summer when we were kids. Yes we had rainy days, sometimes for a week at a time, but there was nothing to do inside so out we went. A few of us didn’t like what we saw happening in the world, nuclear testing and weapons being stockpiled. When plans were announced to create the future of power generation using nuclear reactors we saw this as a good use of the technology so far put into weapons of mass destruction. We couldn’t understand why not everyone was happy at the thought. Following on from Chernobyl, however, it would seem this was indeed inevitable to happen.
The savages in America (North and South) could have taught us so much if the European settlers had listened and not been fuelled by greed. A similar tale to Africa and Australia, yes the African tribes fought wars among themselves but that didn’t give us the right to go in and kill millions, forcing them into slavery and carrying them off around the world to further strengthen our greed. Hitler shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone, after all he learned from the Dutch, Roman and British how to gain an Empire, used new technology to bring nations to their knees in days rather than years. Tyrants have always found opposition unless they were generous in victory. Hitler, as a lot of his peers were, hated Jews. Hatred has never been founded on logic and his scientists developed a method of genocide not seen before. He wanted to completely destroy Jewry from Europe and if the war had continued for another few years he might have succeeded. Look around you now and the modern day tyrants are in the Middle East, calling themselves Muslims they want to eradicate all other religions and any moderate Muslims from the world. These are the new Nazis for the modern age.
Not all Muslims are like these fanatics, Hitler was a catholic following the teaching of Roman Catholicism, did we treat all Roman Catholics as the enemy? No! Should we look at every Muslim as the enemy today? No! These so called Religious Zealots don’t practice their own religion, merely pay lip service to it. Can we spot them in our cities and towns? No, but don’t treat every Muslim as the enemy or that’s what they’ll become. Let the Muslim hierarchy find them and hand them over to the police before they kill. We shouldn’t lower ourselves to their level, we’re bigger than that.