But to be fair, we didn't seek to imply that 100% of every aspect of life was better off 100 years ago vs the present..
Life is always a yin & yang; an ebb & flow
One such example was of child labor..
As we did yesterday, we're going to post some photos, all taken between 1906-1914 and make comments as needed
They were usually homeless children that worked until very late at night and earned around 30 cents a day
As one newspaper writer of the late 19th cent wrote about them, "You see them everywhere.... They rend the air and deafen you with their shrill cries. They surround you on the sidewalk and almost force you to buy their papers. They are ragged and dirty. Some have no coats, no shoes, and no hat."
The profession is still very common around the world today, especially in very poor parts of the globe where governments have tried to regulate by charging license fees for the children to work.
For pennies a day, crouched over the chutes, the boys would sit hour after hour, picking out the pieces of slate and other refuse from the coal as it rushes past to the washers.
Coal being physically hard objects, accidents to the hands, such as cut, broken, or crushed fingers, were common among the boys. Sometimes they suffered worse fates than a mere broken hand or limb.
The above pic shows these girls have had a very hard day and from their faces, a very hard life
We're pretty sure if they saw the modern teen girl with her typical laziness and refusal to do any physical exertion if it didn't involve looking 'fit' and constant phone texting, the 1914 girls would give the modern girls some hard slaps and slugs to the jaw..
In today's society, the legal smoking age is 18 which while good because tobacco is addictive and causes cancer, is done because we don't think the modern teen is responsible or mature enough to use the product..
For better or worse, teens back then were not treated like children which most today are, and we're sure those boys in the pic were tougher and more mature than most 20 to 30-somethings today
These girls are picking berries.. It was also common to see them pick cotton, plow fields and work every aspect of a large farm like the slaves used to do..
Free labor was never really 'free'.
A lot of the pics are a bit on the shocking side compared to how we see and treat kids at present but you can see in many photos, these children are not soft like most are today..
And post World War II, every generation particularly males have become softer, gentler, more emasculated and in some cases unable to do their own laundry or cook their own meals without 'Mommy' to the rescue
Certainly they would have tried to get a drink to deal with all the tensions but we can't see the child of 1914 lazily spending his or her day smoking weed, eating munchies and watching cartoons or playing PlayStation..
Its been advantageous for modern society for whatever reason to keep the youth sheltered, stunted and absorbed in constant recreation and mental diversions.
Collectively you had tough n' rough people, hardened by real life, raise their children to be equally tough n' rough which builds character
And as for today's teen.. the one we cuddle and mollycoddle; and insulate from anything real..
And its difficult to harvest something vibrant when we plant bad crops.