What old folks talk about

@savypat (20247)
United States
August 29, 2011 5:00pm CST
We had lunch today with another elderly couple and we spent the time solving the problems in America, from there it advanced to the rest of the world. We had some great ideas until we started to pull them apart, for instance, how to get jobs back in the US, tax the companys who send their jobs overseas. But then it was pointed out that this would increase the cost of goods to the consumers, it would also take from the pockets of the stock holders etc. It was soon agreed that this problem was much larger then first thought. The conversation soon fell back on a continuing subject, called the good old days. So gas was 25cents per gal and smokes were 10cents a pack, you could see a movie for a quarter. This is where I love to step in and say all that may be true but our wages were 50 dollars a week for a 45 hour job. That always gets a laugh and we end on that note. Agreed, Old folks don't have any magic answers either.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
30 Aug 11
Hi savypat, I agree and perhaps it's best left to the young people of today. After all they are the ones that will have to live here for next fifty years. Never underestimate the youth, people like us have been doing it for hundreds of years. There are some very bright young people out there. Blessings.
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@inertia4 (27395)
• United States
30 Aug 11
First off, it sounds like you had a good time. A little political, but a good time. Now, I know the elderly do not have all the answers and the reason for that is simple, they lived in a more simple world. Even though times were tough for them, everything was to ally different. Now there is way too much globalization. They grew up in a country that believed in loyalty, jobs were plentiful and everyone new one another. You know, they grew up in leave it to beaver. We have since entered the twilight zone. The unknown. Now, we do not have the answers and neither does the government. So we are all in the same boat.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
29 Aug 11
No one has all the answers. No one human is a god after all. :) However I do think that old folks may have a bit more wisdom then we give them credit for. I know in society it is fashionable to write them off, but really how can twenty or thirty years of life experience compare to fifty, sixty or more years? The world does have many problems and thanks to globalization, national problems are now international. It's way more complicated now than it was before WWII. I wonder if we can even solve most of the world's problems in one generation? Seems like any kind of solution requires quite a lot of time. All that aside, it sounds like you got to be intellectual while having a good time as well! Congrats on your lunch experience! I used to attend a craft club where most of the members were over 60. As the young person I stood stood out like red yarn against white. But anyway, there conversations were a bit different. They keep that microwave radiation myth from the 60's alive. They also ask if anyone knows what a DS or DVR is - since that is "all the grand kids will talk about!" :)
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• Canada
29 Aug 11
Haha, sounds like you had a good time changing the world and thats what matters, having a good time with your friends and being able to talk with them. I guess we all have solutions to make the world a better place. Not sure all of those ideas are good but at least some people are actually "thinking" about it. I wish I had the perfect solution to fix it all but alas, I dont!! I take it one day at a time and hope for the best
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
29 Aug 11
No on has all of the answers, but the senior generation could probably come up with a lot of good starts. They have been there and have actually suffered. The young people today...(Those under 50). Will not even think about suffering. They want everything on a silver platter. Before all is said and done...I think everyone is going to have to 'suffer' a little if this is going to get better at all. They want the country to protect them from terrorism, but they do not want to give up anything. Just imagine if that had been the attitude in WWII. If someone told a kid today that his car had to go up on blocks because they needed the tires for the war, he would probably shoot them. It was done before though and it worked.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
30 Aug 11
Some of us are fortunate to be still around and are able to compare what it is like today and the days gone by. I guess it is the same everywhere when older folks come together for drinks, the main subject will reflect how much they have gone through in life and grousing over the high cost of living today have become a common issue. Politics never fail to make their appearances during the conversations in this group of veterans who have gone through the administrations of many presidents in the past. They have so much of wisdom in them that most of the younger generations only brush aside as they are old and hold no power anymore. The young ones today who are at the political realms may be shouting for reforms to see a better tomorrow but they too have not found the magic answers to so many problems that remain unresolved. The more our world advance in technology the more complicated the problems become. Every government of the day holds no magic answers how to lead a problem free nation. The world is becoming more complication at every turn of century.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Aug 11
hi pat, now it is really worth thinking how presidents could still sleep with all these problems at hand. but still thinking backwards, even if before our wages a week only sum up to $50, still it isnt that stressful as it is today. we do not go running from one work to another and time seems to be not as fast as today. oh my! i guess it has to do with aging again. ann
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
31 Aug 11
They might not have any magic answers but there are certainly some great people to have a conversation with about things then and now. I like having conversations with the people that are experienced enough to know that there are no easy answers and they are also a lot of fun to sit and pan things out with.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Sep 11
Thanks for the best response! I am glad you had a nice time with your friends too.
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
30 Aug 11
The old days weren't paradise but people were nicer back then. Did your group address the problem of crime and apathy? Back when people cared about what their family and friends thought about them there was less cheating, violent crime and fraud.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
30 Aug 11
Are you sure about this, I just think there is better communication. Now we all know what is going on in many different places.
@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
30 Aug 11
There are solution to everything if you are prepared to 'suffer' to make the correction and adjustment to get it on the middle of the road. But when the bad is there with huge debts, people want better times immediately, which doesn't work. It's more when you suffer in poverty you have to suffer a bit longer during the time you make correction to change it to another direction for better days. That's often people complain, when it is worse and a new leader make is more worse because to make a radical change you have to hit another owrse period of adjusting it into a new direction for a fruitful better situation. That's my point of view.
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• Philippines
30 Aug 11
You must be familiar with the song that says, "Life was so much better, twenty years ago." Everyday can be a good day if we focus on making it good. Today, in a high-tech world, the world is getting smaller and smaller. But, progress can happen and problems are solved depending on how we utilize the tools that are available to us. Seniors are respected and considered "seasoned" and rich in experience and wisdom. But then again, that depends on the individual. Efficiency, effectiveness and productivity do not depend on age and what tools are available. How tools are utilized, how experience and wisdom are applied are more important. Reading your discussion made me see how you choose your topics intelligently and how selfless you are when you talk about solving the problems of America and the rest of the world. Bod bless you savypat and may there be more of your kind.
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@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
30 Aug 11
For me old is only said for a while if it is in the topic if not then it will vain.
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30 Aug 11
Life has too many twists and turns. The older we get, the less we seem to know or understand!
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