Sometimes I really dislike modernity. And I wonder what it would have
been like to live before all this, before power lines, phone lines,
asphalt, sidewalks, potholes, sewers and the like. When it was pure,
hundreds of years ago, before anyone set foot here.
But before you go all nostalgic, it was also before penicillin,
surgery, anti-bacterials, anti-fungals, before Nexium and Claritin,
Sudafed and insulin. No telephone lines means no telephones. No faxes
or emails. No Facebook, no MySpace, no Drudge. No Youtube. No
television either. Few houses and no House. No real knowledge of
anatomy and no Grey’s Anatomy. No x-rays, MRIs, or CAT scans. No
flouride in the drinking water. It might be cleaner water, but with no
filtration plants the water you actually drink would be much dirtier.
Average life expectancy about 45. Average marrying age about 14.
Is modern convenience worth modernity?