Back in Time…

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

My childhood was in the 50s … War was only one game all boys were playing. We carved guns out of piece of wood, but if we did not have one, a stick or a finger worked fine, too. We were shooting the Nazi and we were heroically dying, like in all those movies about the war that we loved to watch so much. Actually, practically all movies were about the war...

We were born too late for the glory. The war was over and we missed our chance to become heroes. Soviet Union has won, and the routine of life offered little excitement.

We were playing outside after school, and nobody was watching us. We were going to ski in the forest in winter and to pick mushrooms in summer, and our parents did not worry about us. We did not have a lot of things we have now, we made wooden toys, but we were happy kids.

We knew that life was getting only better, and we were longing for that…

Fast forward… and fast forward again, and look at the world today. There is war in every freaking corner. This is the 21st century and people keep killing each other… Bigger and bigger chunk of world’s wealth goes to mere security… We create long lines at the airports, because someone has to check what we carry. We have to remove our belts when we walk into a courthouse…

I remember times when you could carry anything and everything, that fit the space…

We thought that if the passenger was on a plane, we were safe. Who would blow themselves up? And now we see people born and raised in America blowing themselves up …

What has happened to us?

Why is our time machine seems to be so broken?

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Just for Fun
Groups:
Silent Majority
REALTOR LIFE
Blatant Politics
Diary of a Realtor
Addicted to Active Rain
Tags:
active rain
activerain
russia

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Ambassador
1,541,659
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jon, Isn't it ironic that all that seems to  make life better are material things and not the  love of family and friends. Quality of life is measured differently today, sadly. Perhaps that is what has gone wrong.

Aug 12, 2014 02:34 PM #15
Ambassador
912,328
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Jon,

When the people begin to lead, the so-called leaders will follow. When all of us all over the world decide that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, things will change.

More media coverage about the violence is one reason we are so aware. It is not easy to learn about awful things happening now but they were happening in the 40's, 50's and 60's as well. In the US:  40's? "War Relocation Camps" where Japanese American Citizens from the West Coast from Washinton to Californa were forcably resettled. 50's? Rise of teenage gangs in US urban centers. 60's? Racial violence after segregation was out-lawed.

That doesn't even take into account the situation in Cambodia, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda or China during those decades.

Thanks Jon, for dealing with serious subjects. I count on your posts having a thought-provoking content!

Your Atlanta AR friend,
Lynn

Aug 12, 2014 02:53 PM #16
Rainmaker
3,209,640
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jon I was born in the 50's and my childhood was broken when I heard the most powerful person in the world could get assassinated The President of The United States...I was nine years old...today I feel bad for the nine year old's that saw the World Trade Center get destroyed....Endre

Aug 12, 2014 03:36 PM #17
Ambassador
2,562,623
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I( remember all too well the sounds of the sirens going off as a test of the civil preparedness and having to hide under our desks. As if that was going to save anyone if a nuclear war head was launched.

Aug 12, 2014 03:43 PM #18
Rainmaker
768,931
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

In my childhood, Jon, no one locked their house doors and they could go away for long periods; did not lock their car doors,either. There just was not a thing as a murder case in the paper because people did not kill one another. The only guns talked about and then again, not even mentioned or talked about, were the hunter's.guns And these guns never entered a conversation because people never saw them as dangerous, only used to hunt. In comparing my childhood of  Chinese Jump Rope, Jacks, and winter toboggan runs, life was in that  respect, much simpler and nicer. 

Aug 12, 2014 04:54 PM #19
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Eileen - what bothers me most is that a country like, which by any standard was considered a powerful and developed country, can slip into what is happening now. It is beyond frightening.

Aug 13, 2014 06:23 AM #20
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

William - very good observation. they all simply got the means.

Aug 13, 2014 06:24 AM #21
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

William - and we are now used to the notion of little or no value of life whatsoever. I heard the interview by Charles Rosen of Hamas leader, and he asked the leader of Hamas why they were rejecting the ceasefire before, allowing to more of their people to die.

The answer was that they (the people) do not mind dying. He said they were dying anyway, but slowly, and here they were dying fast, but he really did not see the difference.

I believe it was because he lives in quiet and leaceful Qatar, and it is always easy to talk about dying, than join them in dying.

Aug 13, 2014 06:28 AM #22
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Lynn - thank you for your thoughtful comment. There are a lot of sides here, and, as you show, America has always been struggling. i believe with the abundance and ease of gaining any weapons, and complete disregard for human life, we are entering the Barbarism of the 21st Century

Aug 13, 2014 06:31 AM #23
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Endre - I hear you...

Aug 13, 2014 08:04 AM #24
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

though it was across the ocean, been there, did the same :)

Aug 13, 2014 08:05 AM #25
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Jane - it sure seems this way.

Aug 13, 2014 08:06 AM #26
Rainer
321,498
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Jon - Often your wisdom comes with a healthy dose of "old world" charm, but under the charm is a message worth the weight of gold!  In the old yesterdays it seems like life was simpler, easier and far less dangerous - With all the advances humankind has made in the last 6 decades, I wonder why we have such dazzling technology and so much of it still seems to be designed to blow each other off the planet?

Aug 13, 2014 02:13 PM #27
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Jack - this is a million dollar question, it really is. If I only knew the answer :)

Aug 13, 2014 02:27 PM #28
Rainmaker
1,010,596
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

We share the same sentiment Jon.  Playing war was almost a daily routine.  Summer was filled with bike rides to neighboring towns and swimming in "the lake".  We could be gone from sun-up to sun-down and no one worried we wouldn't return for supper that evening.  Many of us caught a glimpse of what could be only to let it slip through our fingers one freedom at a time.    

Aug 13, 2014 08:14 PM #29
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

I have to exclude the bike, and everything else was the same. Bike was a dream, but they were a bit expensive, and I grew up without one. Rode with neighbors, who had a bike.

Funny, my mom was an MD and we were still quite poor

But happy, there is no questions about it.

I also remember that ice cream was something on the dream list, and I can't imagine us saying no to it at any time, like my grandkinds do :)

Aug 14, 2014 03:06 AM #30
Rainmaker
271,168
Edward Peterson
eDrake - Hamden, CT
eDrake; CT

Evil has always dictated from what it is that people need to protect themselves and evil, like everything, morphs with the passing of time which also increases with the population of humans. A certain level of happiness has always been connected with feeling safe whether from rocks, arrows, spears, knives, bullets or bombs. Ultimately it is feeling safe from people because it is in people where evil resides - all other creatures live by instinct which is without conscience - people have reason.  

Aug 14, 2014 04:18 AM #31
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Edward - people have reasons, and so often they are evil reasons...

Aug 16, 2014 03:45 AM #32
Ambassador
4,015,805
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jon

Thanks for a thoughtful step back in time. I, too, grew up in the 50s and so much has changed. And not all for the better it seems. No doubt my parents worried far less about us kids, what we were doing, and where, than parents have in today's world. And technology, while creating some wondrous things, also makes it easier for mass destruction. One has to wonder where we will be in 10 years, or 20?

Jeff

Aug 21, 2014 12:15 PM #33
Ambassador
1,723,125
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

JEff - there was time when not only real estate was local, everythign was local. Food was local, and you knew when strawberries, and when the cherries come...

And technology was also local to a point. Not to a village or a state, but to a country. So, when something new was coming, it was because people were ready for that wonderful new thing.

this is no longer the case, and people became more dangerous as they have access to destructive techniques and technologies, but not the reuqired dose of humanity and social maturity to control it

Aug 22, 2014 11:42 AM #34
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Ambassador
1,723,125

Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL

Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information