We take many things for granted here in the twenty-first century. This is a redundant statement and probably a thought that is common sense, but how often do you actually sit down and think about how much we take for granted? Cars can take us somewhere in thirty minutes when a hundred years ago it would’ve taken a day or more. We can reach anybody instantly when even several years ago we had to wait a few days for a letter or when we got home in order to use the landline.
There’s been an illness going around recently. During the first world war, people died of the common cold. I can’t imagine the fear of dying from something that in today’s world is just a simple annoyance that you can help assuage from over the counter medicine.
Everything is easy these days. Maybe not everything, but certain things are easier to take care of. We’ve gotten used to it and expect it to work the way it should. If it doesn’t, then we complain that we’re going back to the 19th century. But do we really know what it was like to go back to go back then? If we miss a day without internet, do we really know what it was like to not hear from someone for months or even years? Can we really expect that of ourselves?
I went two months without social media. It was rather isolating, because everyone else uses it to communicate and set up events. I felt like I didn’t know what was going on. But if I wanted to, I could connect. If I wanted to, I knew where to find certain people that I’m attached to. Even if I choose not to participate, I’m not truly isolated.
How can we truly expect to know how it is with all our conveniences?