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    For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. When you are 14, World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday with 22 million people killed. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until you are 20. Fifty million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.
    When you're 29, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, global GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy. When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet.
    When you're 41, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war and the Holocaust kills six million. At 52, the Korean War starts, and five million perish.
    Approaching your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, could well have ended. Great leaders prevented that from happening.
    At 64 the Vietnam War begins, and it doesn’t end for many years. Four million people die in that conflict.
    As you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends. Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How do you survive all of that? A kid in 1985 didn’t think their 85-year-old grandparent understood how hard school was. Yet those grandparents (and now great grandparents) survived through everything listed above.
    Perspective is an amazing art. Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Let’s be smart, help each other out, and we will get through all of this. In the history of the world, there has never been a storm that lasted. This too shall pass. -

    Author Unknown best thing I have heard this year.
    . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di

  • #2
    Well said!


    • #3
      True words Dileon;... most of us don't realize how well off we are,...... sure these past few months have not been pleasant, but our fathers and forefathers had to deal with a lot worse situations and had less resources to do it with. Things will change , some for the better, some for the worse, but we will come out of this and be stronger for it.
      If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...


      • #4
        I don't know, how old most of us are. I am going on 80, I remember the rationing during late WWll, and then the Korean "policing action" by the way, we have never had a piece accord with N Korea if memes serves, then the rest falls into it. During the late 40's early 50's we gathered old tires, scrape iron and anything else that the effort needed. We lived in lower NE. and "didn't have a pot or a window to throw it out of " that was the saying. But we worked to try to help out. And the RED TIDE of Communism which everyone now has let run over us. I could but won't get into my stuff, but have lived with all the"old " thoughts for a long time and folks, this ain't nuthin. Thanks to all you folks for the sharing of your carvings and saying, keeps my mind just a bit more clear. Now if I can just get this darn Owl done..
        Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!


        • #5
          My mom passed away last July, just 3 weeks shy of her 96th birthday. She was born in 1923, and saw everything on your list Dileon, except the 1918 pandemic. It was very interesting to get her take on the Depression, and WW 2, as my dad was a D-Day soldier. I am glad we had the luck to have her as long as we did and have the foresight to ask her questions before she was gone!

          She saw so many things... literally going from farming with horses to seeing a man on the moon to computers and cell phones...
          Last edited by tbox61; 05-18-2020, 03:58 PM.


          • #6
            Born in the late 50’s I often think how appreciative I am of the easy times I lived through so far. While understanding that could all change tomorrow. I always giggle when folks say they would have like to have been a mountain man or cowboy. Then complain that there is no toilet paper. I can’t think of a better time or place to live. Grew up in Colorado part of the baby boom. Always kids enough for hide-n-seek, or baseball. Plenty of girls to date as we got older the sexual revolution and the pill, rock and roll. The 70’s were a lot of fun. So we are sheltering in place but the golf course is open getting in three rounds a week. The grocery store will do your shopping for you and load it in your car. Everything we’ve needed as been delivered to the front porch. Online tv there’s always something entertaining on. If that’s not enough I have a solitary hobby I love and a big old pile of aspen in the garage. Things aren’t bad at all.


            • #7
              My tribe was leading the post-war boom from 1945. Now I have a gardener, a volunteer grocery shopper who delivers to my front door. I have a great stash of wood and soapstone with a dozen carving starts on the bench and the shop floor. And I'm dumb enough to buy more carving tools.

              I really want to go back to the days of feeding the local hand that feeds me.
              Brian T


              • #8
                Born in 1932, I've been through some of the crises Dileon included, but I especially value the time I spent backpacking in the mountains. Because we had to carry everything we needed, we learned how to choose the essentials, and leave what was not. We're not carrying everything during this pandemic, but it helps to have experience in knowing what's important.


                • #9
                  My Dad and his family saw the world from 1918 on. He had three brothers and all served in WW2...and all survived.No one complained or mentioned the difficult times...they just plowed ahead.

                  Thanks for posting and I understand it all. Yeah, I also was in the military and I don't complain.
                  Living among knives and fire.