Is Our Modern Day Way Of Life Better For Us? Maybe Not!

Posted on August 28, 2008. Filed under: wellbeing | Tags: , , , |

I got this little gem in my inbox the other day along with nots of others of its kind. You all know the ‘send-along’ emails that do the rounds over and over, some are worth your time and well… let’s just say some are not.

This one was and it was worth posting here just to make a few points about our way of life and our health choices, in these modern times. I am one of those born in the late ’50’s and so many of these comments are very true about what I remember from my childhood: This what the it had to say:


1920’s, 30’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks some of us took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a Ute on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Red Rooster.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Fruit Tingles and some fire crackers to blow up frogs and lizards with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and cubby houses and played in creek beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape or DVD movies, no surround sound, no mobile  phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns at Easter time…….no really!

We were given  Air rifles and sling shots for our 10th birthdays,

We drank milk laced with Strontium 90 from cows that had eaten grass covered in nuclear fallout from the atomic testing at Maralinga in 1956.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

Footy had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather straps and bully’s always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Our parents got married before they had children and didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’ and ‘Blade’…..

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 70 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned


And YOU are one of them!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

Why is this pertinent to all of us? It seems that with the advent of the age of knowledge we have all decided to take all this information overload and use it as an excuse to become hypervigilent. Hypervigilence is a term used by doctors for those people (and there are more of them each day), who suffer from anxiety and worry for little or no reason. Yet I truly believe it is becoming a sign of the times.

We have forgotten to allow our children to learn from experience, to learn to fail and pick themselves back up again, to take responsibility for their actions (many adults have trouble with many of these as well).

Our health is becoming more and more frail as we clean everything within an inch of its life, no germs allowed, yet doctors and researchers are now quite sure that it is this hypercleanliness that is leading to many of our ills, sensitivities and allergies.

We are now so hypervigilent that we are allowing the more fearful people to dictate our laws which are also going out of control. The more laws there are, the more laws there are to break.

Perhaps it’s time to take a breath and let some of it all go, at times a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, when we know more we do better. We now know that too much of anything whether it be cleanliness, vigilence or anything else can lead to deterioration rather than an improvement of our lives.

Or perhaps it is our perception of that knowledge as the many corporations take advantage of a little knowledge to steer us (the mass consumers) into a buying frenzy to boost their profits and we are silly enough to believe everything we see and hear them say.

Time to take a breath, take responsibility and take back our lives, health and lifestyles!

Be Fit! Be Well! do it online… 


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5 Responses to “Is Our Modern Day Way Of Life Better For Us? Maybe Not!”

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Agree with some points of your post, not all. It doesn’t mean I am not positive but how can u forget the WWII and so many other small wars and so many disease outbreaks in the period?
Also, I don’t agree that we should be totally free. There has to be a limitation for the larger benefit of society. One’s freedom is limited to the point where it does not interfere with that of others’. For Example – your freedom to shout and play loud music is limited the point unless it is disturbing neighbours.

Nice blog! Keep up the good work.

Your post brought back old memories. As I read it, I smiled and agreed whole-heartedly with you. I remember playing run sheep run and red rover, red rover send _______ right over and chinese jump rope. Ah……those were the days.

I don’t think most people believe the politicians. They just don’t feel there is anything they can do. Who to vote for…hmmmm…….dumb or dumber….not much of a choice.

I received a similar email yesterday and posted it on my blog to share as well.

It would be nice to turn back the clock 300 years before white man “civilized” this beautiful country and took tribes of the free and cultivated a fence riddled society of political power structures.

and may we find freedom to blog another day!

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