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Pictures of America's youth in the early 20th century when children ran barefott instead of playing X boxes

 
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Im surprised none of yall have told me how yall were there when the declaration of independence was signed and had ice cream afterwards in the green grass with ben franklin or how you went fishing with lincoln. sheesh lol popcorn
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Dolly Madison is the one who introduced the country to ice cream, don't ya know?
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Whos that chic? thought it was like blue bell or haagan daz
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Psalm 147:17
He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?

mor·sel [máwrss'l]
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1. small piece of food: a small piece of something, especially of food
2. small amount: a small amount of something
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[13th century. < Old French , "little bite" < mors "bite" < past participle of Latin mordere "to bite"]
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Then tell me how most of this country fell under the spell of the 911 illusion that resulted in the disaster in the middle east?
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As my great-grandfather so often said, "Son, what the Hell does that have to do with the price of tea in China?" Talk about a non sequitur, what pray tell does innocent memories of childhood have to do with "the spell of the 911 illusion"?

I think you're talk about self-delusion here, but I'm grasping at straws...
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I am glad you had a happy childhood. But I think the majority of people believe we are heading in the wrong direction as a society. I agree happiness comes from w/in. But I happen to feel like I am on the TITANIC headed for the ICEBERG and most people arranging the deck chairs.

I get it we have to live one day at a time. But TSHTF in the near future and when it does it will be a very interesting day indeed. Peace brother!
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Then you should read my topic in my sig on prepping and getting close to the Earth and God. Even if you don't believe in God, 90% is not spiritual but practical things you can do to grow food, or make fire or build a refrigerator or find Soldier's Herb for healin' or finding inner peace or any number of pragmatic ways to find some balance.

Even if your childhood was awful, then today is a chance for a new beginning. I believe the collapse will come soon, and those who learn skills now, they have the best chances to survive. It may all suck and be unpleasant, but if we have skills, then maybe we can save one child before we die. That would make our lives have meaning.
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My unhappy childhood made me very aware of DANGER. I do have survival skills and I am way ahead of you I have already tried to rally the troops but most people are so trapped by the system that they can not extricate themselves nor dare to see the impending danger and no one wants to talk about it either, so how can others prepare if we don't communicate. They can't see the ICEBERG and this is why I speak of DENIAL. You see I have already been where you are going. I can't find like minded people to participate even at no cost to them as I would like to help the human race, also. I am well prepared and just waiting. I truly hope you have better luck than I did as I started this back in 2009. I guess people do feel more danger now but DENIAL is still a major problem. Hey, I am on the same page as you.
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Life was not idyllic, but the human failures were not so rampant then. People hid their failings, obsenities, and promiscuities more back then. Now evil people are arrogant about their ugliness; then, they tried to keep it secret, and so it did not spill over as much onto the innocents as it does now. Generally, life was far more innocent then, and those who were into sin did not relish it so much...there was a shame about it and people wanted to appear respectable. Hypocritic? Yes, but at least there was not all the harm done by it when they tried to hide it. They did not affect others so much as they do today. Now evil and sinfulness and hurtfulness are "in your face" and they think it's cool. Not!
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True. We get what we focus on. And TPTB have subtly machinated a shift of our focus to depravity, brutality, greed, and every other negative aspect of life that they can. This was by design, perhaps in preparation for the shift and harvest.

Thoughts create.

What changed was our focus - from love and life, to hatred and anti-life.
LIVE<-->EVIL
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OP, a lot of people won't get it. Back then, we felt safe. I could walk anywhere in my town and need never worry, even the poorest African-American section of town at 6 years old, and not be hassled. I used to walk to the grocery store to get bread and milk and not once did anyone bother me. In fact people waved and were kind to me.

Contrast that with now. I'd never let a child walk through there. They'd see all kinds of crime even in my small town: prostitution, drugs, thugs, wannabee gansters. It's pathetic.

Were there problems? No doubt, but children still had their innocence. No porn available 24/7 on a computer. Only on rare occasions would we laugh by looking through the lingerie section of the Sears catalogue! That was our innocent fun.

We rode our bikes all over town. Many of us had paper routes and made enough money to buy our ice cream, comic books, some clothes, our bikes, go see a movie once a week at the matinee, sometimes staying through to watch at least two for the same price. We paid for the presents we gave to our family, and felt a sense of pride at earning money to benefit others. We saved our money each day during Lent and gave money to missions to help the poor.

I can remember a kid fell on the sidewalk. He lived many blocks away. My mom cleaned his wounds, bandaged him up in our home. Fed him lunch, and sent him on his way. There's no way a parent would risk doing all that now. They'd simply call his parents and have them pick him up.

We hiked in the woods and built dams in the streams. Fashioned boats out wood and home sails. We didn't have that many toys, mostly made due with homemade bow and arrows and bola and pretended to be Native American warriors.

We played tetherball, volleyball, kickball, basketball. We ran everywhere and we were lean and tan and wiry and healthy. Maybe one child was a little overweight but we didn't tease him, and likely he'd work off most of the weight during the summer.

No one took vitamins because we ate better even though poor. Almost every meal was homemade save an occasional lunch of Campbell's soup. Mom's were embarrassed if they made a "box cake", and the other mom's would tease them. Almost every meal did my family sit together at once and eat and talk and share stories.

We never missed church. We were there every Wednesday and Sunday, and always went to youth group because we wanted to.

Seldom were any kids overscheduled. We had plenty of time for school and homework, and maybe took one activity like playing the piano or one sport.

I know this seems silly to some young people, but I feel sad for them. They were and are in such a rush to grow up. We were different back then. Holding hands was a BIG DEAL. The first kisses were special and innocent and there was so much importance about who you shared that with. Few couples risked making love and going all the way, and seldom were there teen moms and always they got married, and there was little judgement because "they were in love so it was natural...".

We were kinder to each other. We worked hard to elimate people using the N word. We considered anyone who said it "low class fools". Years later when folks started calling themselves that, I was shocked.

I can remember what a big deal it was when a person of another race came over. How shy each of us was in each other's homes and so respectful for the opportunity to share a meal and learn and be more understanding. Now we thump our chests and are all puffed up. It's stupid. Back then, I actually thought that racism would die in my generation. How foolishly naive I was. People love it too much.

I remember the first Jewish boy I met at age nine. I learned the Shema from him. His parents were good hard working people. They weren't any different than my parents, both sets working to make their children's lives better and easier.

Even when someone was realy different, we were excited by it, and wanted to learn why they were. We might have become good friends and teased them, but didn't despise them for living a different way.

Some old guys lived together, we called them "confirmed bachelors", but everyone knew they were "funny" but most didn't tease them or hate them for it. We just shrugged our shoulders and didn't make a big deal. I think I was 17 before I heard the term f...t, and I was shocked people would say that word. It meant something burning. My friends never said. My parents never did.Not once did anyone in church condemn it, we talked about redemption and Jesus and didn't espouse hate there.

There weren't any homeless, save an occasional drunk, that always found some money tucked into his pocket by a mom or dad, or made him a meal or even invited him to the supper table.

Our dads all served as soldiers, and even when they came home, and we saw that far off sad look, we respected them for their service, and wished them success and happiness. They were heroes to a boy, no matter how they served in whatever capacity.

We adored our moms. They were gentle and yet tough. We seldom raised our voices in the house, and never yelled at them. It was just unheard of to talk back. We always told them they looked beautiful, especially on Sunday because they wore their best and looked radiant. We wanted to meet girls like them. They never ever did anything lewd or used a curse word save if they dropped a casserole on the kitchen floor, and then it was likely, "Shoot!".
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


Beautiful post! Thank you for letting me momentarily relive my childhood through your words. I feel sorry for the kids growing up in this crazy world we live in today.

I remember my mother hanging the laundry in the yard while talking over the fence to a neighbor. If a woman was sick or just delivered a baby, neighbors would cook for the family until the Mom got back on her feet. Doctors made house calls. If you needed information you went to the library and looked it up. People wrote letters and penmanship was important. We respected our elders and listened to their stories and learned history from them. I sure miss the good old days!

hf
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I did not have an idealic childhood and I grew up in the 50-60's. There was still war, bad marriages(w/o divorce because women were stuck), incest, pedophilia, corruption and hardship of all kinds. You must look back through American history and you will see it all. This is the point I am trying to make. If we are the products of idealic childhoods then why is this country so F**ked, why is there so much unhappiness and addictions of all kinds and why do we continue to degenerate? I believe it is because we live in DENIAL of true reality. We go through life comatose and lie to one another.

We have always been in denial as a species and that is why we are where we are at today. And we refuse to THINK for ourselves.
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Life was not idyllic, but the human failures were not so rampant then. People hid their failings, obsenities, and promiscuities more back then. Now evil people are arrogant about their ugliness; then, n they tried to keep it secret, and so it did not spill over as much onto the innocents as it does now. Generally, life was far more innocent then, and those who were into sidid not relish it so much...there was a shame about it and people wanted to appear respectable. Hypocritic? Yes, but at least there was not all the harm done by it when they tried to hide it. They did not affect others so much as they do today. Now evil and sinfulness and hurtfulness are "in your face" and they think it's cool. Not!
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I understand what you are saying and sort of agree as I would go back to the 60's in a NY minute. But I think it was WE who were innocent not the times. I think things are more out in the open now due to the media. I liked the 80's because it seemed to be a time when people were starting to talk about the dark underbelly of society and deal with stuff, but then it just seem to disappear.

I do think these are special times we are in even though I do not consider myself a Christian. I do hope the meek will inherit the earth and I hope it's not because TPTB are in their bunkers.
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I was born in the mid '50s - the innocence of childhood was quite real as seen in OPs pictures.

However, all was not sunshine and happiness - but as compared to today's kids - well, they'll just never know how it was back then. It is not their fault.

My grandparents lived as 'earthy' as it got, as they had farms and tons of kids to feed during the Great Depression. These kids went on to fight WWII at a very young age and then went on to build businesses - yes, the 'Greatest Generation' to be sure.

However, as we all know, each generation has its issues but one of them that sticks out in my mind is narrow-mindedness especially of attitudes towards women, even though the women didn't APPEAR to mind. They worked hard in raising their kids. We WERE educated by best public education teachers at the height of America's education system.

We ALL learn by comparison - looking back, it seemed like the good ol' days never happened but obviously they did. But time moves on and now I'm writing on a PC instead of some rickety old typewriter and my message is instantly available worldwide. Instead of going to a library and looking up recent books on card catalogs, I have any information I desire available instantly. This is awesome.

If I were to talk to my younger self at 17, I would say, it's going to be a VERY weird ride and the place you're at now is one day going to be gone - forever. But there will be fantastic inventions and technologies that'll keep you alive both physically and yet mentally and spiritually challenged.

In 1970 I read Alvin Toffler's book, "Future Shock" and said, no way these events would transpire (What? Everyone will learn to type on personal computers so no more secretaries? Surely you jest.)

As usual, your life is based on your experience and PERCEPTION. Technology is good but will also kill you. Events such as 9/11, Waco, Sandy Hood, etc., etc., definitely tells one the world has changed whereas greed and corruption are on a MASSIVE scale instead of the local town scenario. Now we discover that ALL the world wars were planned and financed way ahead of time and that both 'sides' of the conflict were funded by the same entities.

Mind-blowing to say the very least.

Bascially, ALL life on this earth is quite cruel - it all depends on how your perspective and how you handle to situations at hand. We cannot go back in time. I suggest, enjoy the memories you treasure and just do the best you can in the present. Because, this too, shall pass...and don't worry nor criticize the current generation. They'll figure it out. We all do eventually. coffee4
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Life was not idyllic, but the human failures were not so rampant then. People hid their failings, obsenities, and promiscuities more back then. Now evil people are arrogant about their ugliness; then, they tried to keep it secret, and so it did not spill over as much onto the innocents as it does now. Generally, life was far more innocent then, and those who were into sin did not relish it so much...there was a shame about it and people wanted to appear respectable. Hypocritic? Yes, but at least there was not all the harm done by it when they tried to hide it. They did not affect others so much as they do today. Now evil and sinfulness and hurtfulness are "in your face" and they think it's cool. Not!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33459943


True. We get what we focus on. And TPTB have subtly machinated a shift of our focus to depravity, brutality, greed, and every other negative aspect of life that they can. This was by design, perhaps in preparation for the shift and harvest.

Thoughts create.

What changed was our focus - from love and life, to hatred and anti-life.
LIVE<-->EVIL
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I think the earth has always been this way, it is just more apparent to us now. I also believe we need to be responsible for ourselves and the fact that they did trick a lot of us. But the responsibility for our choices is always ours. We have to be responsible for ourselves and accept our mistakes or else we will continue to play the victim role and I for one am tired of it.
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Then tell me how most of this country fell under the spell of the 911 illusion that resulted in the disaster in the middle east?
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As my great-grandfather so often said, "Son, what the Hell does that have to do with the price of tea in China?" Talk about a non sequitur, what pray tell does innocent memories of childhood have to do with "the spell of the 911 illusion"?

I think you're talk about self-delusion here, but I'm grasping at straws...
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


I am glad you had a happy childhood. But I think the majority of people believe we are heading in the wrong direction as a society. I agree happiness comes from w/in. But I happen to feel like I am on the TITANIC headed for the ICEBERG and most people arranging the deck chairs.

I get it we have to live one day at a time. But TSHTF in the near future and when it does it will be a very interesting day indeed. Peace brother!
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Then you should read my topic in my sig on prepping and getting close to the Earth and God. Even if you don't believe in God, 90% is not spiritual but practical things you can do to grow food, or make fire or build a refrigerator or find Soldier's Herb for healin' or finding inner peace or any number of pragmatic ways to find some balance.

Even if your childhood was awful, then today is a chance for a new beginning. I believe the collapse will come soon, and those who learn skills now, they have the best chances to survive. It may all suck and be unpleasant, but if we have skills, then maybe we can save one child before we die. That would make our lives have meaning.
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I looked on your profile but I could not find your prepper thread, maybe because I don't have a membership? Or where you talking about a prepper thread posted on this thread?
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Not only healthy.

See these kids are happy and love each other.

See the little boy with his arm around the girl next to him?

Just think, this was all before......
Separation of church from state
Welfare
Abortion
Gay rights

Care to add to this list?
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There is no such thing as the good old days. In these puctires they were all white farm kids of people with enough means to afford to get the photos. My kids look perfect in the many pics we have of them, too. These adorable photos are treasures but don't show the whole picture. They don't show disease or poverty or discrimination even though we all know it existed then and now. Cute pics, but meaningless overall.
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Not only healthy.

See these kids are happy and love each other.

See the little boy with his arm around the girl next to him?

Just think, this was all before......
Separation of church from state
Welfare
Abortion
Gay rights

Care to add to this list?
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Absolutely, its is obvious they are the main reasons the USA has turned to shit. Although, USA always had a separate church and state, those people did get welfare (handouts) people had abortions and then died because of them.

So i guess you're left with Gays.

Gays ruined america. You can't fault your thinking. And that kind of thinking makes the USA as great ass it is today.
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You're an idiot and must be a liberal as you put words in people's mouths like no other. There was separation of church and state, however it was still in schools, and part of life. Regardless of what religion.

Welfare was put in effect during the Great Depression, well after, and wasn't abused like it is today.

Abortion was unheard of due to the whole "church" thing

Gay rights is the only thing you can pick out. There have always been gays, lesbians, bisexual. They were ridiculed and hid back then. Rather than be happy that they have made some sort of progress, they now want to take 10 miles when they were given an inch. The gays of that time would be smiling happily right now just to know they could be "out". But because of the politically correct error and liberal trash, nothing will ever be good enough for anyone.
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....yea anything new is great when you're a kid

take it from me, i could of ran around barefoot and got weird looks from everyone around me OR played xbox and worn shoes when i went out.

I opted for the shoes and xbox. I still went out ALOT.

i mean...how long can you really stay outside in your bare feet anyway? I wouldn't want my kids running around in their bare feet.

Knock on the internet and gaming systems all you want, but i can look up anything i need to solve an unknown problem, and get fat education..and before people start trolling that statement by saying it makes us dumber because we don't have to find out on our own... well my dog may have died of an infection, i wouldn't have immediately known of her spinal injury(looked up symptoms) which made things much better much faster, amongst a wide variety of situations in which i would set my "smart ego" aside any day and google the solution to a living being's problems.

video games? hmm lets see all the people my age(mid 20's) who DON'T play video games are raging alcoholics and drunk whores, heroin addicts and coke heads, you can also insert whore after the last two.

ohh yeah and before i came to the united states i grew up in a farm in south america(amongst alot of other places) where i played around like a real scrub and looking back at it, and the parasite i had to deal with, was not all that great.

keep your kids clean people.
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**FAST EDUCATION NOT FAT LOL
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Don't you have an original ideas of your own? Will you really rely upon the words of others to speak for you? To offer evidence is one thing, but to be lacking in any capacity for eloquence, that means you are doomed to be silent and ultimately ignored.
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some do offer up their "original ideas of your own", but when they do they often get banned or psychologically beaten to a slimy, pulpy blubber of silence.
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What a defeatist attitude! Who stole your victory and made you a slave? What difference does it make if you cannot speak here? It's only an Internet forum for crying out loud.

Have some guts! But don't speak evil here. It's pretty simple to make an account, build up karma, and then even if banned to hang around.

But guess what? Make some real friends in the world!

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You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, sir.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex'd;
Bear with my weakness; my, brain is troubled:
Be not disturb'd with my infirmity:
If you be pleased, retire into my cell
And there repose: a turn or two I'll walk,
To still my beating mind."
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OP, a lot of people won't get it. Back then, we felt safe. I could walk anywhere in my town and need never worry, even the poorest African-American section of town at 6 years old, and not be hassled. I used to walk to the grocery store to get bread and milk and not once did anyone bother me. In fact people waved and were kind to me.

Contrast that with now. I'd never let a child walk through there. They'd see all kinds of crime even in my small town: prostitution, drugs, thugs, wannabee gansters. It's pathetic.

Were there problems? No doubt, but children still had their innocence. No porn available 24/7 on a computer. Only on rare occasions would we laugh by looking through the lingerie section of the Sears catalogue! That was our innocent fun.

We rode our bikes all over town. Many of us had paper routes and made enough money to buy our ice cream, comic books, some clothes, our bikes, go see a movie once a week at the matinee, sometimes staying through to watch at least two for the same price. We paid for the presents we gave to our family, and felt a sense of pride at earning money to benefit others. We saved our money each day during Lent and gave money to missions to help the poor.

I can remember a kid fell on the sidewalk. He lived many blocks away. My mom cleaned his wounds, bandaged him up in our home. Fed him lunch, and sent him on his way. There's no way a parent would risk doing all that now. They'd simply call his parents and have them pick him up.

We hiked in the woods and built dams in the streams. Fashioned boats out wood and home sails. We didn't have that many toys, mostly made due with homemade bow and arrows and bola and pretended to be Native American warriors.

We played tetherball, volleyball, kickball, basketball. We ran everywhere and we were lean and tan and wiry and healthy. Maybe one child was a little overweight but we didn't tease him, and likely he'd work off most of the weight during the summer.

No one took vitamins because we ate better even though poor. Almost every meal was homemade save an occasional lunch of Campbell's soup. Mom's were embarrassed if they made a "box cake", and the other mom's would tease them. Almost every meal did my family sit together at once and eat and talk and share stories.

We never missed church. We were there every Wednesday and Sunday, and always went to youth group because we wanted to.

Seldom were any kids overscheduled. We had plenty of time for school and homework, and maybe took one activity like playing the piano or one sport.

I know this seems silly to some young people, but I feel sad for them. They were and are in such a rush to grow up. We were different back then. Holding hands was a BIG DEAL. The first kisses were special and innocent and there was so much importance about who you shared that with. Few couples risked making love and going all the way, and seldom were there teen moms and always they got married, and there was little judgement because "they were in love so it was natural...".

We were kinder to each other. We worked hard to elimate people using the N word. We considered anyone who said it "low class fools". Years later when folks started calling themselves that, I was shocked.

I can remember what a big deal it was when a person of another race came over. How shy each of us was in each other's homes and so respectful for the opportunity to share a meal and learn and be more understanding. Now we thump our chests and are all puffed up. It's stupid. Back then, I actually thought that racism would die in my generation. How foolishly naive I was. People love it too much.

I remember the first Jewish boy I met at age nine. I learned the Shema from him. His parents were good hard working people. They weren't any different than my parents, both sets working to make their children's lives better and easier.

Even when someone was realy different, we were excited by it, and wanted to learn why they were. We might have become good friends and teased them, but didn't despise them for living a different way.

Some old guys lived together, we called them "confirmed bachelors", but everyone knew they were "funny" but most didn't tease them or hate them for it. We just shrugged our shoulders and didn't make a big deal. I think I was 17 before I heard the term f...t, and I was shocked people would say that word. It meant something burning. My friends never said. My parents never did.Not once did anyone in church condemn it, we talked about redemption and Jesus and didn't espouse hate there.

There weren't any homeless, save an occasional drunk, that always found some money tucked into his pocket by a mom or dad, or made him a meal or even invited him to the supper table.

Our dads all served as soldiers, and even when they came home, and we saw that far off sad look, we respected them for their service, and wished them success and happiness. They were heroes to a boy, no matter how they served in whatever capacity.

We adored our moms. They were gentle and yet tough. We seldom raised our voices in the house, and never yelled at them. It was just unheard of to talk back. We always told them they looked beautiful, especially on Sunday because they wore their best and looked radiant. We wanted to meet girls like them. They never ever did anything lewd or used a curse word save if they dropped a casserole on the kitchen floor, and then it was likely, "Shoot!".
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Sheesh who needs ambien or lunesta, just read this and its lights out. Its like your great great great grandfather telling you a story about his grandfathers stories his grandfather told him!! Zzzzzzzzzzz dead
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Well Howdy Tex! I'm glad to oblige ya! Go back to your stimulating porn! Hahahahahaha
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So you people seem to hate freedom? Nothing stopping you from moving out to the country and raising your family like this.

Nobody is stopping you from not paying for TV, xbox, etc etc. for your children.

Grow the fuck up and take responsibility for your own family.

And fyi, kids in the early 20th century did NOT have the good life despite what you morons think.
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As my great-grandfather so often said, "Son, what the Hell does that have to do with the price of tea in China?" Talk about a non sequitur, what pray tell does innocent memories of childhood have to do with "the spell of the 911 illusion"?

I think you're talk about self-delusion here, but I'm grasping at straws...
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I am glad you had a happy childhood. But I think the majority of people believe we are heading in the wrong direction as a society. I agree happiness comes from w/in. But I happen to feel like I am on the TITANIC headed for the ICEBERG and most people arranging the deck chairs.

I get it we have to live one day at a time. But TSHTF in the near future and when it does it will be a very interesting day indeed. Peace brother!
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Then you should read my topic in my sig on prepping and getting close to the Earth and God. Even if you don't believe in God, 90% is not spiritual but practical things you can do to grow food, or make fire or build a refrigerator or find Soldier's Herb for healin' or finding inner peace or any number of pragmatic ways to find some balance.

Even if your childhood was awful, then today is a chance for a new beginning. I believe the collapse will come soon, and those who learn skills now, they have the best chances to survive. It may all suck and be unpleasant, but if we have skills, then maybe we can save one child before we die. That would make our lives have meaning.
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My unhappy childhood made me very aware of DANGER. I do have survival skills and I am way ahead of you I have already tried to rally the troops but most people are so trapped by the system that they can not extricate themselves nor dare to see the impending danger and no one wants to talk about it either, so how can others prepare if we don't communicate. They can't see the ICEBERG and this is why I speak of DENIAL. You see I have already been where you are going. I can't find like minded people to participate even at no cost to them as I would like to help the human race, also. I am well prepared and just waiting. I truly hope you have better luck than I did as I started this back in 2009. I guess people do feel more danger now but DENIAL is still a major problem. Hey, I am on the same page as you.
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I reckon I beat ya! I've been on this page since I was a boy decades and decades ago. But I am cheerful! Death and collapse are not things I fear. I fear only to die without helping in a moment of true worth. But even then, I have countless memories of doing that very thing. Find the good, it's there buried, if only to give a glass of water to one of these "little ones" or a meal. Focus on others not yourself,
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As my great-grandfather so often said, "Son, what the Hell does that have to do with the price of tea in China?" Talk about a non sequitur, what pray tell does innocent memories of childhood have to do with "the spell of the 911 illusion"?

I think you're talk about self-delusion here, but I'm grasping at straws...
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I am glad you had a happy childhood. But I think the majority of people believe we are heading in the wrong direction as a society. I agree happiness comes from w/in. But I happen to feel like I am on the TITANIC headed for the ICEBERG and most people arranging the deck chairs.

I get it we have to live one day at a time. But TSHTF in the near future and when it does it will be a very interesting day indeed. Peace brother!
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Then you should read my topic in my sig on prepping and getting close to the Earth and God. Even if you don't believe in God, 90% is not spiritual but practical things you can do to grow food, or make fire or build a refrigerator or find Soldier's Herb for healin' or finding inner peace or any number of pragmatic ways to find some balance.

Even if your childhood was awful, then today is a chance for a new beginning. I believe the collapse will come soon, and those who learn skills now, they have the best chances to survive. It may all suck and be unpleasant, but if we have skills, then maybe we can save one child before we die. That would make our lives have meaning.
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I looked on your profile but I could not find your prepper thread, maybe because I don't have a membership? Or where you talking about a prepper thread posted on this thread?
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Here you go:
Thread: Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF (Page 36)
It's about 1000 posts now. If you start at the beginning, some of it may be tooooo easyyy. If you're an older prepper, you may want to skip around. It's written from a perspective of teaching someone who's never considered learning ancestral skills before.

Hope to see you there!
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Can't speak for Ireland, but Upstate NY is still like that. Need to get out of the city and into the villages and hillsides. Healthy, happy, good shape.
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I am glad you had a happy childhood. But I think the majority of people believe we are heading in the wrong direction as a society. I agree happiness comes from w/in. But I happen to feel like I am on the TITANIC headed for the ICEBERG and most people arranging the deck chairs.

I get it we have to live one day at a time. But TSHTF in the near future and when it does it will be a very interesting day indeed. Peace brother!
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Then you should read my topic in my sig on prepping and getting close to the Earth and God. Even if you don't believe in God, 90% is not spiritual but practical things you can do to grow food, or make fire or build a refrigerator or find Soldier's Herb for healin' or finding inner peace or any number of pragmatic ways to find some balance.

Even if your childhood was awful, then today is a chance for a new beginning. I believe the collapse will come soon, and those who learn skills now, they have the best chances to survive. It may all suck and be unpleasant, but if we have skills, then maybe we can save one child before we die. That would make our lives have meaning.
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My unhappy childhood made me very aware of DANGER. I do have survival skills and I am way ahead of you I have already tried to rally the troops but most people are so trapped by the system that they can not extricate themselves nor dare to see the impending danger and no one wants to talk about it either, so how can others prepare if we don't communicate. They can't see the ICEBERG and this is why I speak of DENIAL. You see I have already been where you are going. I can't find like minded people to participate even at no cost to them as I would like to help the human race, also. I am well prepared and just waiting. I truly hope you have better luck than I did as I started this back in 2009. I guess people do feel more danger now but DENIAL is still a major problem. Hey, I am on the same page as you.
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I reckon I beat ya! I've been on this page since I was a boy decades and decades ago. But I am cheerful! Death and collapse are not things I fear. I fear only to die without helping in a moment of true worth. But even then, I have countless memories of doing that very thing. Find the good, it's there buried, if only to give a glass of water to one of these "little ones" or a meal. Focus on others not yourself,
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There is a lot of good in people that is why I would like them to wake up. It is kinda like teaching someone to fish instead of giving them a fish, cause giving them the fish does not work. This is why we all need to be introspective and honest w/ ourselves. This is why we need to look at our denial. Anyway, I am sure you are a much nicer and more pleasant person than I am. I still believe denial to be a huge human obstacle.
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I reckon I beat ya! I've been on this page since I was a boy decades and decades ago. But I am cheerful! Death and collapse are not things I fear. I fear only to die without helping in a moment of true worth. But even then, I have countless memories of doing that very thing. Find the good, it's there buried, if only to give a glass of water to one of these "little ones" or a meal. Focus on others not yourself,
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There is a lot of good in people that is why I would like them to wake up. It is kinda like teaching someone to fish instead of giving them a fish, cause giving them the fish does not work. This is why we all need to be introspective and honest w/ ourselves. This is why we need to look at our denial. Anyway, I am sure you are a much nicer and more pleasant person than I am. I still believe denial to be a huge human obstacle.
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Honestly, the ones in denial will simply die in a collapse. We can't save everyone, and freting over it won't help. We can't make people prep, only teach the ones that want to learn. Then we can be at peace because we offered our time, talent, and treasure.

And why bother? Well our mentors and ancestors bothered to deal with us in all our foolishness...that's why!

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I reckon I beat ya! I've been on this page since I was a boy decades and decades ago. But I am cheerful! Death and collapse are not things I fear. I fear only to die without helping in a moment of true worth. But even then, I have countless memories of doing that very thing. Find the good, it's there buried, if only to give a glass of water to one of these "little ones" or a meal. Focus on others not yourself,
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


There is a lot of good in people that is why I would like them to wake up. It is kinda like teaching someone to fish instead of giving them a fish, cause giving them the fish does not work. This is why we all need to be introspective and honest w/ ourselves. This is why we need to look at our denial. Anyway, I am sure you are a much nicer and more pleasant person than I am. I still believe denial to be a huge human obstacle.
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Honestly, the ones in denial will simply die in a collapse. We can't save everyone, and freting over it won't help. We can't make people prep, only teach the ones that want to learn. Then we can be at peace because we offered our time, talent, and treasure.

And why bother? Well out mentors and ancestors bothered to deal with us in all our foolishness...that's why!
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We don't disagree! It is just that some of the people in denial are people I care about.
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Absolutely, its is obvious they are the main reasons the USA has turned to shit. Although, USA always had a separate church and state, those people did get welfare (handouts) people had abortions and then died because of them.



Welfare started in the 1930s, but not so many even knew about it and for that matter saw that as charity and refused it. Back then charity was voluntary as in a neighbor sharing with another, not forced on by taxes.

Children back then were conidered blessings. Only those who were sluts looked to get abortions. Now we have that lady with 15 kids saying someone needs to pay for my kids and THOUSANDS more.

Re separate church and state......
In the days depicted here, everyone was allowed to worship, as they wanted to. You did pray in schools, you were Allowed to say "God bless you" and nobody of one faith complained about another faith. When you took an oath, you were swearing to God and your word was of value.

The difference is THEN the state/ govt did not INTERFERE in how you professed your faith.
NOW I can't even put up a nativity set or a cross on my own front lawn.
Can't even get a few friends together in my home for a bible study group.
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Not only healthy.

See these kids are happy and love each other.

See the little boy with his arm around the girl next to him?

Just think, this was all before......
Separation of church from state
Welfare
Abortion
Gay rights

Care to add to this list?
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There's a lot of truth in your statement.

During this time frame there also wasn't rampant crimes, gangs on every street, multi-cultural bullshit, and the liberal/progressive/communist ideals that are shoved down everyone's throat these days

"Social Progress" has royally fucked up society
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Social Engineering and advertising are the two biggest failures of the 20th Century.

I also noticed how bright-eyed these kids all looked. No cow-eyed fatties among them.
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OP, a lot of people won't get it. Back then, we felt safe. I could walk anywhere in my town and need never worry, even the poorest African-American section of town at 6 years old, and not be hassled. I used to walk to the grocery store to get bread and milk and not once did anyone bother me. In fact people waved and were kind to me.

Contrast that with now. I'd never let a child walk through there. They'd see all kinds of crime even in my small town: prostitution, drugs, thugs, wannabee gansters. It's pathetic.

Were there problems? No doubt, but children still had their innocence. No porn available 24/7 on a computer. Only on rare occasions would we laugh by looking through the lingerie section of the Sears catalogue! That was our innocent fun.

We rode our bikes all over town. Many of us had paper routes and made enough money to buy our ice cream, comic books, some clothes, our bikes, go see a movie once a week at the matinee, sometimes staying through to watch at least two for the same price. We paid for the presents we gave to our family, and felt a sense of pride at earning money to benefit others. We saved our money each day during Lent and gave money to missions to help the poor.

I can remember a kid fell on the sidewalk. He lived many blocks away. My mom cleaned his wounds, bandaged him up in our home. Fed him lunch, and sent him on his way. There's no way a parent would risk doing all that now. They'd simply call his parents and have them pick him up.

We hiked in the woods and built dams in the streams. Fashioned boats out wood and home sails. We didn't have that many toys, mostly made due with homemade bow and arrows and bola and pretended to be Native American warriors.

We played tetherball, volleyball, kickball, basketball. We ran everywhere and we were lean and tan and wiry and healthy. Maybe one child was a little overweight but we didn't tease him, and likely he'd work off most of the weight during the summer.

No one took vitamins because we ate better even though poor. Almost every meal was homemade save an occasional lunch of Campbell's soup. Mom's were embarrassed if they made a "box cake", and the other mom's would tease them. Almost every meal did my family sit together at once and eat and talk and share stories.

We never missed church. We were there every Wednesday and Sunday, and always went to youth group because we wanted to.

Seldom were any kids overscheduled. We had plenty of time for school and homework, and maybe took one activity like playing the piano or one sport.

I know this seems silly to some young people, but I feel sad for them. They were and are in such a rush to grow up. We were different back then. Holding hands was a BIG DEAL. The first kisses were special and innocent and there was so much importance about who you shared that with. Few couples risked making love and going all the way, and seldom were there teen moms and always they got married, and there was little judgement because "they were in love so it was natural...".

We were kinder to each other. We worked hard to elimate people using the N word. We considered anyone who said it "low class fools". Years later when folks started calling themselves that, I was shocked.

I can remember what a big deal it was when a person of another race came over. How shy each of us was in each other's homes and so respectful for the opportunity to share a meal and learn and be more understanding. Now we thump our chests and are all puffed up. It's stupid. Back then, I actually thought that racism would die in my generation. How foolishly naive I was. People love it too much.

I remember the first Jewish boy I met at age nine. I learned the Shema from him. His parents were good hard working people. They weren't any different than my parents, both sets working to make their children's lives better and easier.

Even when someone was realy different, we were excited by it, and wanted to learn why they were. We might have become good friends and teased them, but didn't despise them for living a different way.

Some old guys lived together, we called them "confirmed bachelors", but everyone knew they were "funny" but most didn't tease them or hate them for it. We just shrugged our shoulders and didn't make a big deal. I think I was 17 before I heard the term f...t, and I was shocked people would say that word. It meant something burning. My friends never said. My parents never did.Not once did anyone in church condemn it, we talked about redemption and Jesus and didn't espouse hate there.

There weren't any homeless, save an occasional drunk, that always found some money tucked into his pocket by a mom or dad, or made him a meal or even invited him to the supper table.

Our dads all served as soldiers, and even when they came home, and we saw that far off sad look, we respected them for their service, and wished them success and happiness. They were heroes to a boy, no matter how they served in whatever capacity.

We adored our moms. They were gentle and yet tough. We seldom raised our voices in the house, and never yelled at them. It was just unheard of to talk back. We always told them they looked beautiful, especially on Sunday because they wore their best and looked radiant. We wanted to meet girls like them. They never ever did anything lewd or used a curse word save if they dropped a casserole on the kitchen floor, and then it was likely, "Shoot!".
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Oh, how tenderly beautiful these words are that encompass memories so sacred and special.

I have often said..."if only...if only today's young adults could have experienced life the way it used to be...if only."
:pyw:
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Im so addicted to video games and glp I used to be like those kids I played outside collecting crabs of the beach or guarder snakes or salamanders. We played tag, hide and seak, cowboys and Indians. than came the Nintendo not that interesting at first and I continued to play outside exploring the woods, fishing, building tree forts in 97 we got a real computer that could play the big hits at the time like quake and warcraft over a short period of time I went from being an outside kid to a stay up all night, skip school the next day gamer I love video games and the internet but its done some great harm to myself and many others. I see it in my nephew of 5 he is on him nintendo ds all the time or on the wii or watching cartoons on the TV. I see it in other peoples kids as well who would rather play a video game than go out and play with their friends. The internet gave me knowledge of things I would now rather not know it robbed me on my innocence.
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I grew up in a rural farm community in the sixties. Two radio stations. Three TV stations. Stores closed at six and on Sunday. My childhood was filled with funerals of farmers and kids being pulled into tractor PTOs, crushed in hay barns, kicked by cows, falling off horses, electrocution by faulty wiring, etc. most of the adults i knew had some kind of injury, dismemberment , brain injury....people aged quickly and grew hardened and wizened. there was a high incident of incest, some of it generational. The work was very hard, no time for anything else really. I was under constant pressure to conform to the dominant Christian religion. It felt like communism to me.

Those pics look great, I admit. Especially to folks that grew up in cities. I prefer this present age. I will be disappointed if America goes back to its fundamental roots. It's Sharia Law days.
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Any photos of todays children just to compare?
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Im so addicted to video games and glp I used to be like those kids I played outside collecting crabs of the beach or guarder snakes or salamanders. We played tag, hide and seak, cowboys and Indians. than came the Nintendo not that interesting at first and I continued to play outside exploring the woods, fishing, building tree forts in 97 we got a real computer that could play the big hits at the time like quake and warcraft over a short period of time I went from being an outside kid to a stay up all night, skip school the next day gamer I love video games and the internet but its done some great harm to myself and many others. I see it in my nephew of 5 he is on him nintendo ds all the time or on the wii or watching cartoons on the TV. I see it in other peoples kids as well who would rather play a video game than go out and play with their friends. The internet gave me knowledge of things I would now rather not know it robbed me on my innocence.
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You know, if the soul is eternal, if the soul persists throughout time, if the soul is the totality of our being, then I believe that we exist in all time and space, and that you are still that young innocent, as well as being older, as well as being a baby, as well as being someone on their deathbed.

Focus on that young innocent self and let that person live now, in the Eternal Moment of Now. Otherwise you may live the rest of your life in regret as if you were on the deathbed.

Sometimes you'll see an older woman, and she's complimented for her beauty, and in that moment she lives in the Eternal Moment of Now, and forgets that she's 50, but sees her youthful 20 year old self again.

This is entirely possible to do, if only you'll try. You can eat healthier, exercise, find a relationship with God, walk along the meadows and smell the fragrance of flowers again, and become that innocent once more.
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Oh, how tenderly beautiful these words are that encompass memories so sacred and special.

I have often said..."if only...if only today's young adults could have experienced life the way it used to be...if only."
:pyw:
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Krystal, you are as sweet as the delicate delicious taste of honeysuckle nectar in Summertime.
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Well, try to run barefoot in conrete jungle, see what happens.

You can still run barefoot however or whenever you wish...

It doesn't mean they were brilliant back then, probably were dumber than current gamer children.
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Outside of his Modern Warfare game...the average "gamer" doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.

burnit
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Well, try to run barefoot in conrete jungle, see what happens.

You can still run barefoot however or whenever you wish...

It doesn't mean they were brilliant back then, probably were dumber than current gamer children.
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Outside of his Modern Warfare game...the average "gamer" doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.

burnit
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