By Bob L.
The younger generation today has their nose stuck into every ones business but their own and telling every-one how to live and what they are going to do, a good example, what you are going to eat, how much weight you can be, what kind of car you are going to drive, where you are going to live, and it goes on, and the problem is they are not qualified as professionals to make that decision, they are no better than the people whose lives they are trying to run. They call these people YUPPIES, ENVIRONMENTALIST, SAVERS OF THE EARTH, and just BRAINWASHED, and will believe anything they are told.
They talk about the environment, but who is dumping all this litters, it does not get there be itself, they talk about global warming but who is driving these fancy cars that are not environmentally friendly, who goes out and loads their environment friendly bicycles on their Gas hogs, drive to a place to ride them, and then in the process tear up the forests making trails to ride them, then they have the nerve to say the older generation did not recycle.
Back in the sixties we knew how to fight for what we wanted.
We fought the end of the war, for equal rights, and for freedom.
Today’s youths are giving it away.
If it is not handed to them on a silver platter, they have no idea how to get it.
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.
The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”
She was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beerbottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled!
But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer’s day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.
But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.
Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. They prepared most food from scratch not store manufactured. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But they didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?