Having read the most recent blog of Lilmisskaty I decided that as well as leave her a comment (as soon as I finish this) I would write my own blog piece to befriend her own.
Not least because the subject of her blog is rather interesting but also because I touched upon such a subject just this week when talking to my dad.
I was sat in the front room (aka lounge, sitting room, family room, etc.) watching Mrs Biggs (which is a great programme, starring the beautiful and talented Sheridan Smith as Mrs Biggs). It’s the story of Ronnie Biggs who stole a lot of money and as good as got away with it. This all happened in the sixties, not long after my parents were born as a matter of fact.
Ronnie and his wife were driving along a road in the middle of Australia and I commented on their lack of wearing seatbelts, apparently that’s because they hadn’t been invented yet. (Though my curiosity was more about a deserted road and went on for miles and whether seatbelts are really needed in places like that.)
Anyway, I digress, my point being that a lot has happened in the last century as Katy said in her own blog post. Something which a lot of people forget about, I think. More than that, this world has existed for millions and millions of years, we’ve had many wars, countries have been invaded and defended, stolen and recaptured. Dinosaurs walked the Earth and died out, other species of animals have come and gone in our lifetime and some before our lifetime.
Humans haven’t been around for all that long in the grand scheme of the world, but in the thousands of years that we have existed on this planet…why has the most progression happened in the last century?
People have traced their families back generations to remote farms in the middle of the country, to work houses and poverty, to manor houses and wealth.
It’s no secret that there used to be a hierarchy to society, the rich we’re at the top and the poor we’re there to serve them. Like in the world of Downton Abbey (mentioned in Katy’s blog) and Titanic and other such fictional and non-fictional accounts of our history, the rich we’re once the only people who really got an education and the poor we’re left to fend for themselves.
Jump forward hundreds or thousands of years and the world is a very different place, no longer is Australia “on the other side of the world”, because the other side of the world is just ONE DAY away in a plane. It takes nearly TWO days to travel by car from the top of Australia to the bottom (Darwin to Adelaide) and yet we can hop on a plane to Australia and back in a similar around of time. Alternatively, you could probably fly all the way around the world and back to the start in the same time.
My point being that not only have people come and gone who have seen things far greater than we, who have lived through so much change, these people have also witnessed the world shrinking. Not physically, but by increased speed, and as Katy said, access to technology such as computers.
The fact that I can write this in my iPad in a coffee shop in Bolton town centre and someone “all that way” across the world in Australia, America, etc. can read what I’ve said is nothing short of a miracle.
We don’t consider it as such, but if you we’re to bring someone back from the 1800s and handed them a mobile phone or a computer, they would not only have no idea what to do with it, but they’d also find it rather absurd. Perhaps they would believe it was the work of the devil, or a miracle brought by a God that they believe in.
And how many of us take it for granted?
The world is full of such unusual things, and time has certainly been kind to technology (though not our purses!) and sometimes I think we need to remember how lucky we are.
We argue about whether the MMR vaccine is safe and yet once upon a time people died frequently of the diseases we can now protect against. We are constantly told to eat healthier and to avoid fatty foods where when our grandparents were young they probably had the bare minimum but it was enough to keep them relatively healthy. But in a world where we are considered rich, even if we don’t get enough to eat, we should be thankful for the things that keep us alive, for the progressions made in our ability to communicate and the fact that we can move halfway across the world and yet still see our family and friends face to face.