From time to time I receive E-mails which are pretty much about tell us how simple and good things were back in the day how complicated things are today. Here is an extract of such an email:

As children, we rode in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Even though all the shops closed at 8.00pm and most of them didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve! Our homes were always open & no security alarms installed. We did not have Television, DVDs & PlayStations, Nintendo Wii ,X-box 360’s, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY, no video/DVD films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms, but we had such imaginations and we never found ourselves bored……….

These emails go on and on like this. Basically they would be running down all the complicated and ‘evil’ things that we find today and hyping up the simple and ‘good’ of things from yesteryear. I can understand the appeal for such emails, but I would like to ask a simple question from you (by you, I mean everyone who writes such email, everyone who goes ‘yep, that’s so true’ while reading such emails and forwards them with a smirk on your face)

Why did you invent all this crap if you didn’t want your young to grow up with it? It wasn’t your kids that invented mobile phones, video games, computers, the internet and with it free porn, social networking, childproof containers, neighbourhood watch, TVs, iPods, childrens rights, and all the other things that you seem to be condemning. OK, maybe you didn’t invent it, but it was your generation. You invented shiny gizmos, gave it to your young ones, and now complain that the same young ones won’t let go of the shiny gizmos. Duh, what were you expecting? It just means that the gizmo was really really good – take it as a compliment 🙂

PS – I like to think that I had the best of both worlds. I used to muck about outdoors for days and also play computer games on the family 386SX PC. So, I’m not taking sides here but merely commenting as an observer…

PPS – If you really wanted your kids to grow up like in the olden days you should have created a Village or gone amish.

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