Why do things have to change? And why, sometimes, do they have to change so drastically? Good questions with not-so-simple answers.
Take how we travelled as kids. If you’re anywhere near my age, I’m sure you remember standing in the front seat (or inbetween the front seats) as your family car hurtled down the highway, your Mom holding you by the middle as you held your balance there and everybody laughed. Or maybe you took your afternoon nap in the same car up on the “back dash”–that open space behind and above the back seat where the back window met the trunk of the car–where you were bathed in warm sunlight and fell asleep to the music coming from the rear speakers that were right by your ear. Now, in the society of today’s world, the parents who let their children ride in a car like that would be called negligent, careless and irresponsible parents who don’t deserve to have children at all since they obviously don’t know how to take proper care of them in a vehicle. Interesting, don’t you think?
What about something a friend of mine recently told me? A local community had a fireworks show in the local city park on the Fourth of July–something that hadn’t been done in a long time and everyone was excited about seeing it again–only to afterwards be told by the local city officials that it won’t be happening at all anymore because “some people felt it was too loud”. Well, what do they think is going to happen with fireworks?? And, to top it off, it was a handful of people who complained about the noise level. What about the other ninety-five percent who enjoyed it and had no problem with the noise level? After all, we are talking about a highly unusual event, this having fireworks on the Fourth of July business. It just shows how we as a society have developed a habit of bowing needlessly to the wishes of a few which turns trivial matters into huge issues.
So what brings this discussion on? Well, my family and I attended a local parade in our community that is held every year around this time of July. Remember the parades you attended as a child? Lots to see and hear, especially when it comes to all of the police cars, ambulances and fire trucks with all of their flashing lights and periodic blasts of horns and sirens. Only now–at least in the surrounding communities where we are–you only see the flashing lights. No horns. No sirens. I’m not sorry to say that in my mind, hearing the horns and sirens coming from way down the street is what made a parade back in the day! What’s up with that?! Our boys even made the international honk-your-horn signal that kids give to semi-truck drivers and the firefighter in the passenger seat who saw them shook his head, apparently unable to fulfill their urgent request (and mine). It’s a parade!! You’re supposed to do that! What has our society come to? The firetrucks can’t even activate their sirens or horns in a parade anymore! So sad.
I suppose the next step will be that we won’t be able to drive 4X4 vehicles anymore due to their being too brutal on Mother Earth. Surely there’s a small handful of people out there who don’t like them and are determined to see their extinction from our society. At the rate things are going, they’ll get their way and we’ll have to revert back to snowshoes in the winter. Hey! That may not be such a bad idea after all…..
So what are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear from you!