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Poem: "Dissonance and Consonance"
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From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 21st, 2012 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I think you're being a bit generous in your estimations. I'd say that people have lost MOST of the skills that make a barter society work fluidly.
Almost all the people alive and living in cities today have been there for several generations now. I doubt as much as 10% have any family still living in rural areas much less working on farms they own or rent. That multigenerational removal from rural life also removes people from all the hundreds of skills you have to have to lead a simpler rural life. A life in which you make almost all of the things you need to live out of the raw materials easily found around you.

My last grandparent died at the age of 97 and she occasionally spoke of how pre-WWI life was lived. It was a very hard life. Most people were ready to retire in their forties simply because they were worn out if they were lucky enough to have lived that long: Men through hard physical labor and women through lack of birth control.
My grandmother did speak with pride of never having to buy anything but coffee, tea, and salt up in town. As for modern conveniences, you don't miss what you've never had.
I used to watch my grandmother stare at the TV back when I was growing up. The look on her face told me that she couldn't quite understand why people valued it so. As for the radio, any music from the 1950's on was little more than noise as far as she was concerned. She was totally out of step with the modern world no matter which of its ways you might mention.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 21st, 2012 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>Almost all the people alive and living in cities today have been there for several generations now.<<

Barter works just as well in cities, it simply tends to be used for different things.

>>She was totally out of step with the modern world no matter which of its ways you might mention.<<

I can't say I'm terribly impressed with modern society. I know how to adapt but ... I just can't bring myself to do it this time.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 21st, 2012 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

"I can't say I'm terribly impressed with modern society."

I'm not either, but at least we have more options now than we ever would have even 50 years ago.
I have a certain horror of getting locked into someone else's idea of "what would be best for me". Some people just won't leave others alone to make their own decisions for themselves.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 21st, 2012 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>I'm not either, but at least we have more options now than we ever would have even 50 years ago.<<

At least theoretically. Many of those options are unavailable for many people.

>>I have a certain horror of getting locked into someone else's idea of "what would be best for me". Some people just won't leave others alone to make their own decisions for themselves.<<

Yeah, me too. I'm so far from the average, when other people have control over me, the results are frequently damaging. It's made me aggressively protective of my integrity.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 22nd, 2012 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

"It's made me aggressively protective of my integrity."
Everyone should be.
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siege From: siege Date: September 21st, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Quoting an acquaintance of mine, when someone says something is "for your own good", it often isn't.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 22nd, 2012 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

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I agree. It's never what you yourself would have chosen.
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