Life; now and then?

India
April 10, 2011 12:54am CST
The standard of our living has no doubt risen compared to that of our fathers and forefathers due to wide scale application of science and technology. But do we actually lead a more peaceful and happier life than our fathers and forefathers? What is your opinion?
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25 responses
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
10 Apr 11
There's positive and negative results of progress we had now. One is positive thing is that we are not ignorant of what's going around us. We now know how we can save our lives and from properties from nature disaster such as typhoons, hurricane and even earthquakes. We are not ignorant how the sun and the stars affects our planet. Our forefathers had myths about these events. One negative thing is that we tend to use science for our destruction ,too. Nuclears, radiation and some stuff like these are making our lives comfortable but dangerous.
• India
10 Apr 11
As we now know much, we can easily assume what can happen from natural disasters like typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes and this constant tension may be a cause of our lack of happiness and peacefulness in life.
@rencarl (620)
• Philippines
10 Apr 11
If you are going to ask our elders,much has changed as to the simplicity of living before compared to what we have today.life today is so complex.prices of commodities are high and technology is even more advanced as to the term itself.if i am to be asked,i want a more laid back life because i get to appreciate life more.
• India
10 Apr 11
Life was not then so complex and fast. We now just lead a mechanical as well as unsocial life. I think this is the reason behind our inability to lead a peaceful and happy life.
• United States
10 Apr 11
My take is that our fathers and forefathers lived such humble lives and not bothered by the so called convenience of technology today. My grandmother past away a few weeks ago at age 95, it was because of her humble ways and non-technology craze that I personally feel she was at complete peace i her life. She traveled back home to her country twice a year up until last year. She was healthier then me until the day she suddenly had a stroke. Prior to the stroke she never ailed with anything.
• India
10 Apr 11
I think you are right that our fathers and forefathers lived such humble lives that they had constant touch with nature but now we maintain no touch with nature, everything is now artificial, we take foods artificially stored and grown with artificial manures, we do not use our body for any physical labour but visit gyms to burn fats. I think all these contribute to our being in a state of lack of happiness and mental peace than our fathers and forefathers.
• India
10 Apr 11
No......we dont lead peaceful & happier life then our fathers & forefathers because there is lot of disturbance in the environment now.
• India
10 Apr 11
There wers also lot of disturbances in the environment in the past but the difference is now due to so much advancement of science and technology, we become aware of them immediately but in the past sometimes our fathers & forefathers could not even know those things during their life time.
@aisoice (272)
• Indonesia
19 Apr 11
hi DoctorDidi, When speaking the standard of living, I agree that we are better than our ancestors. But if you talk about peace, I guess I do not agree, with the multitude of men, many ideologies, many scientific and technological progress increasingly, make humans far from peace. Almost all people think of a personal or class interests, without regard for others around them.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
15 Apr 11
Due to technology work is much easier, both manual and mental. Time for play has become much more varied with a wide range of toys and games and opportunity to travel now available. Having a beautiful home and children and living an "easy and relaxed life" are much more readily available than ever before but it's all at a huge cost. People have lots of baggage from childhood trauma and broken relationships. People WANT more and more to the point of greed but they don't appreciate just what they have and they have no wish to maintain and look after what they have whether it be their car or their relationship. There are few values and standards compared to thirty years ago. Traditions are being dropped by the wayside and forgotten. It took a long time for us to learn to communicate with language and yet there are still people who don't read or write and of thoise that can many are leaving behind what they were taught for something their older peers don't understand. Families spend so little time together. Parents separate from their children at an early age so they don't know their kids (or the kids their parents) all that well. (Of course, this is often a good thing for the child). Life is accelerating at such a fast pace for some and it is the valuable things that are being left behind because there is no time for them. Is all this making people happier? I really think not. There is so much debt. There is so little education. People are making themselves sick with the stress of living as they do and the medical situation is in a hole world wide.
@tkonlinevn (5784)
• Vietnam
15 Apr 11
I don't think so. Every period of life, people have different concepts about happiness. So, we can compare it. If you're pleased with your life now, you'll be happy.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
13 Apr 11
Hi Doctor, i see that our life is much comforter than the way our forefather were. but now i see that people are exploiting the nature too much to get that comfort. they want luxury without seeing the bad effect of it
11 Apr 11
i dont think we are as people like the government are telling us how we should live, what we should eat, raise the prices of everything.
@LadyDD (519)
• Romania
11 Apr 11
Despite science and technology achievements our life is stressful and crazy sometimes. Too much information to digest, too many changes in a short time to have time to adapt. It's a hard life for many of us also because of the crisis, lack of money and jobs. This kind of life cannot be peaceful and happy.
• United States
11 Apr 11
Well, the toys of the children have advanced however the majority of the children have not advanced in kind. I've oft times said that we socially '..squat in caves grunting over our food and chunking rocks at the folks in our neighbors' cave' Its unfortunate. One would think that after a quarter million years we would have learned how to keep up with our toys..Enjoy!
@anil02 (3569)
• India
11 Apr 11
The standard of our life is rise no question about it but it stolen our peace & health. Eating habits of our father and forefathes was hundred time better than ours. They eat to live and live to eat. I am 50 years old but I feel that time of childhood in much better than today. I was play many games in that time but today childern are spend there moreover time in watching TV. Quality of every thing bad in this period.
@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
11 Apr 11
The advancement of technology is killing us and with the success of researches is putting us to destruction. Observe the surroundings, observe the lifespan of yesterday and today. The simplicity of life has no complexities, and that happiness is easier to achieve than today of endless reach for satisfaction and gratitude.
@derek_a (10902)
11 Apr 11
I think that in some aspects of life, we are living a much more stressful life than our fathers and forefathers did because we have come to expect everything right here and now and have little patience because of the way our society has become so much of a consumer society. Heart attacks are higher, as is cancer, but we are living longer, but sometimes I wonder if it is worth living a long life, if we get to be ill and uncomfortable. I tend to think, why put off the inevitable. A simple life though doesn't have to be a short life, but it can be a healthy life. _Derek
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
11 Apr 11
May be there is a lot of disparity between the haves and have not. That is why people are not living in friendship.
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
11 Apr 11
Good day Doctor Didi, Yeah, I guess we can say that our time is more advanced with regards to science and technology than before.But during their time they have contentment in their lives with no much things to choose from so not to worry about.Today it seems that all we do are in a rush.We take supplements to keep our body fit.Ate instant foods and other stuffs that promises miracles.Before there's no such things and during their time they live a healthy life.Today many people are suffering from different kinds of illnesses maybe the effects of modernization I guess.
@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Apr 11
I think life was much harder for our fathers and forefathers because of a lack of technology. But, I think there were alot of positive things that came from that kind of life. Physical exhaustion where today there is laziness and boredom. Families were closer and worked together more than they do now. Peaceful? Not hardly. TSA has taken over and cameras on every corner in alot of towns for security purposes. Happier? Spoiled would be more like it.
@inertia4 (27792)
• United States
11 Apr 11
I cannot say that we do. I believe that back years ago life was much more simple than it is today. Our parents lived a healthier and better life than we do. They ate more fresh foods than we do, we eat more processed foods. I feel bad for the children of tomorrow unless things change today.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
11 Apr 11
I think in some cases alot of people are living more stressful lives then are ancestors! Things were so much simlper with my father and grandparents were kids! It was simplier because there wasn't all this technology around at that time! Now most people are working more and that means alot of couples are both working! We all have more! We want more! We get more in debt,which is so much easier to do as it used to be! This why I say life is harder then it was years ago!
@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
10 Apr 11
We are all rushing to our graves. Our forefathers did it slower. More happy now? I doubt. More peaceful? You are so optimistic. Technology simplifies many things, but the time freed up has not been spent enough on quality stuff, and kids are learning wrong values: that money is everything. How can we expect our lives to be better than our forefathers, except through lying to ourselves?