It is funny to think back to my childhood and remember so many of the women on the street I grew up on, who would sigh and say, “what is the world coming to?” Most of them back in the seventies were quite elderly and are no longer with us, yet I must admit, I would love to know what they would say if they were alive today.
The TV was about the most modern device in the house, which as I remember we rented from the local TV shop, and it was there for late evenings in winter and rainy days. For the rest of the time if it was dry, we were out and about building den’s and carts to race, and running around the local woodland playing and exploring. I look back with great fondness on those times, because we had no money, and actually we had no care for money either, for most of the time our imagination fuelled everything we did, and if we required inspiration then that was a problem soon overcome with the aid of a book, and new adventures began for us straight off the printed page.
everything they see and are taught is now based on the pursuit of money and personal possessions, and that there was actually a time when life was not as complex and things were simpler? They like the rest will be influenced by their peers to buy into the advertising and feel of lesser worth than their friends if they do not posses the same high tech items, and with each passing moment a little of the wilds of this country disappears, as the towns and cities expand to be filled with yet more stores and better housing, and I fear that before their lives are ended, all that I love will be gone forever without them feeling the joys I felt. For now all I can do is try to show them and hope that in some way I can inspire them to understand and feel the same love and affection in the understanding of nature, and then cross my fingers that it will live on their hearts as it has mine, and hopefully my woodland will still be around for them to share with their children.
I have no idea what the world is coming to, but I do think that something has gone horribly wrong, I am not alone in this thinking as there are many who feel we have become blind and misplaced our priorities, and yet we never seem to learn. I fear for the future, because if we have come this far in thirty years and appeared to have lost our way, where the hell will we be in another thirty years?