1000 Generations

My grandfather was a WW2 vet. He survived. His brother didn't. My parents raised 5 kids on a middle class income on an isolated island in eastern Canada, and managed to help us all get university educations. Before that, my ancestors walked out of Africa, settled Europe, crossed the Atlantic with nothing and settled virgin territory. Me? I barely scrape by with minimum wage jobs. I haven't built or created anything. I distract myself to death with mindless entertainment. I fee like I have failed thousands of generations, that all their struggles were for this? So I can live a mediocre life? Your hope in me was misplaced! I have failed you! Forgive me!


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Well, that's the global economic environment

Nov 15, 2020 at 5:59am

Humanity may be incompatible with it at the individual psychological level. Just keep in mind, your government and other world governments play this game... and we are the losers. Very few are the winners.

I think health care is important to develop, but our stupid phone apps are the dumbest basis for an economy... It's sad that they rake in so much money.

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This is basically...

Nov 15, 2020 at 7:28am

why I don't understand why people have kids. No offence meant OP. I mean people have children these days, and for what reason? Most people live the life you are living, there is nothing wrong with it.
But it's just that our lives have no purpose these days. So whats the point of bringing another human into this world to suffer or at best go through the motions.

Agreed, one note though.

Nov 15, 2020 at 9:30am

I don't want to leave a smarmy comment, because I like your post and feel the same way. But I have to say, there was no "virgin territory" here. It's how the story was framed for us, that there was nothing. Apparently around 1500, there were up to ten million people in North America, and about 600 tribes.

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Nov 15, 2020 at 9:59am

Use that as your motivation to work toward a better future.

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Nov 15, 2020 at 6:46pm

Wars are good for the economy, especially if you win. Consider the Marshall Plan: the US bankrolled "European recovery" which meant removed trade barriers and guaranteed markets. We coasted for 30 years on that shit and nobody benefitted more than your grandparents. Your parents and you, not so much.

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Each day at a time

Nov 16, 2020 at 5:23am

I don't think your ancestors ever had you in mind way back when. Most likely they were too busy dealing with and surviving their own shit. Like them, and everyone else you just need to deal with and survive your shit without being too much of a defeatist about it.

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