How did we get from there to here in just 100 years?

I’m not feeling very inspired today, so I haven’t posted anything original.  Thankfully, though, I read fine blogs and have been able to link to many wonderful things.  At The Mellow Jihadi, Ex Bootneck has written a truly wonderful (and very sad) post about the West’s devolution.  I won’t say more about it, because I don’t know how to describe it in brief without losing what makes it special.  Just check it out.  You’ll be glad you did.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Re Evolution is required. A revolution merely puts us back at square 1 to repeat the entire 360 process. A Re Evolution restarts relationships starting from one man, one woman, in engineering society.
    That is how far the LEft’s corruption has reached.

  • Caped Crusader

    No mystery here it’s the old, “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations” maxim. The hardest thing for any society to endure is prosperity and still pass on to future generations how you got there and what it takes to keep it going endlessly into the future. There is a natural tendency for prosperity to produce complacency, laziness, sloth, and decreasing respect and belief in the principles that got a prosperous society where it is. As John Wayne said, and Bruce Wayne agrees, “Life is tough, and it’s even tougher if you’re stupid”.
    A best answer from Yahoo as to the meaning:
    “The universal cultural proverb that says “shirtsleeves to shirt sleeves in three generations,” is as old as writing itself. And when I say universal, I mean that it appears in every culture I have studied. Clogs to clogs, kimono to kimono, rice paddy to rice paddy, shirtsleeves to shirt sleeves. And it is a proverb that describes human behavior in terms of creating long-term families as failure.

    The theory of the proverb is that the first generation starts off in a rice paddy, meaning two people with an affinity for one another come together and create a financial fortune. They usually do it without making significant changes to their values, customs or lifestyle. The second generation moves to the city, puts on beautiful clothes, joins the opera board, runs big organizations, and the fortune plateaus. The third generation, with no experience of work, consumes the financial fortune, and the fourth generation goes back in the rice paddy. This is the classic formulation of the shirtsleeves proverb, which is as true today as it has been throughout evolved human history.”

    Bottom line, the hard work never ceases if you want to stay on top of the mountain, and failure to understand this results in the ultimate demise of your status. My paternal grandfather was born prior to the Civil War and lived in absolute poverty that resulted from the war, and raised eleven children. I have a picture of him sitting on the porch of their shack, (which would make Jed Clampit’s abode look upscale), along with my Dad and three of his siblings. My Dad, almost 100 years ago left home for Nashville, walking the 100 miles and walking across the railroad bridge over the Tennessee River, there being no other bridge, and not having money to ride the ferry. Having only an eighth grade education (but smarter than today’s college grads) he worked hard and was successful, and instilled in me the need to get as good an education as possible. My wife comes from a similar background, not uncommon in the 1930’s. We met and fell in love when we were both in medical school; her 3 siblings being comprised of another medical doctor, a veterinarian, and a PhD. So we all made the journey from un-affluent to afflulent. That’s what is great about America, and why we love it so much, and hate those who would destroy it.. We have been successful in passing the values to our children and it appears they are doing the same to our grandchildren.

  • Ymarsakar
    Some interesting things I found on the net via some sources. Decide for yourself how much of that you want to try out. Nobody else is going to try be the authority on that matter.
    Caped Crusader, I always heard of that saying in the form of “rags to riches” and then back to rags again.