The cost and downside of modern life Answered
In another topic we noticed that times have have changed in terms of repairs, spare parts or just finding a replacement for something.
It not only seems that a lot of people no longer bother to repair their broken things but also that for those who still want to the available options are disappearing fast.
Take the common lawn mover as an example:
We can buy them in dedicated shops, the local hardware store, supermarkets and sometimes even at Aldi.
But if you need such a simple spare part like a fuel hose or gasket for the carby you are usually lost unless you can order the parts from some online store at the other end of the world.
Electronics are even worse, here a broken charging plug or just loosing the charger can mean people throw it in the bin to buy a new device.
Splicing a rope? Why bother if a big bunch of knots does the same LOL
Do you still remember these little repair shops that used to fix your waching machine, TV or sometimes even your electric drill?
Where are they now?
Or all these small electronics shops selling resistors, wire and complete kits?
I still remember the times when I could take my radio to the local shop, the guy listens to the sound and lack of available stations and knew right away what parts I needed - and they were right at hand.
For a few bucks extra he even replaced the broken bits if he had the time.
After thinking a bit about all this I came to realise two things:
a) We are getting lazy and no longer learn vital skills because modern life makes us think we no longer need these skills.
b) Unless you can repair something yourself, labour costs mean a repair is often not worth it.
Who here, under the age of 30 still knows how to make a good campfire from scratch, dares to take the lawnmower apart to fix it himself or simply bothers to stich up a little rip in his fancy tent instead of buying a new one?
For crying out loud, a lot of kids don't even know how operate a washing machine by the time the lease the parents home for good...
Schools seem to support these life changes by no longer teaching the use of pen and pencil, not to mention ink...
All the kids get is a tablet or laptop and that means they don't even have to learn the language anymore - that what the spell checker does.
If I dare to spin this further by another 25 or so years I only see chaos.
Everyone is highly specialised, noone bothers to cook anymore and the third generation in the family no longer has any clue what the first generation is talking about.
When my grandfather grew up life was hard.
When my parents grew up life was all about expressing yourself.
When I grew up life was intersting because everything was changing so fast.
When my kids leave the house what will they say about this?...
What do you think ?
How much has modern life affected since you grew up ?
And of course: Do think it is the right trend ?