Are people less, or more skilled than 50 years ago?
It seems like people have less and less knowledge about being self-sufficient these days...is the transition from real world to digital? Physical to mental? Is out current direction, as a society, sustainable?
Actually it depends on what kind of skills your talking about. I believe you should have asked if they are more self sufficient if that is what you were looking for. Skills can consist of a wide variety of things.
I think maybe my intent was clouded by my own commentary. As mentioned to other users, I am admittedly biased toward physical skill. Is it more clearly worded to wonder if our skill sets are moving towards providing for a community rather than self?
I just think that with todays technology people have the opportunity to be more informed which gives them the opportunity to be more skilled in whatever they decide to do.
Yes, people are increasingly less self sufficient, and are more dependent on the evil system that has been constructed by the government. Most people get their food from supermarkets. Most people blindly accept inoculations such as flu shots. Most people are branded like a commodity at birth with a social security number; a number that severely limits their self-determination by allowing the government ever greater control over the personal life of each citizen. Most people accept the evil notion of real estate, and consequently are forced to accept high rents and mortgages that help to keep them in a state of wage slavery. Today many lack the ability of critical thinking and have forgot how to think for themselves.
They depend on government controlled news organizations to shape their opinions and world view. A good example of how people lack the ability of critical thinking can be seen in the acceptance of the automobile. Today people blindly accept blood human sacrifice as practiced by the state. Over 40,000 people are killed in MVC's each year and the numbers are expected to rise with each passing year.
The word to focus on here is "killed". In this context these Motor Vehicle Collisions are considered "accidents". However,anything that can be so accurately predicted can hardly be considered an accident. An accident by it's very definition is an "unpredictable" occurrence. Thus, people are not being killed on American highways but are instead being murdered by the state as a form of human sacrifice to insure economic growth and prosperity. This is no different than primitive society's that performed human sacrifice in the hopes of ending a long drought, or as a means of insuring a bountiful harvest.
Do you have anything to back up the claim that people are less self-sufficient these days? What makes you think that?
And self-sufficient in what way? Financially? Creatively? Intellectually? Emotionally? There are a lot of factors that go into each of those and I think you'd have a lot of difficulty pegging down a good answer.
So I guess I'm saying... I don't know. Maybe. But I don't think anyone can really say for sure. In some ways probably yes and in some ways probably no.
As for specific skills, it depends which ones you're talking about. Women are much more likely to be skilled in professional areas than they were 50 years ago, but perhaps less skilled at cooking and cleaning. As technology advances people are becoming more skilled in that way but less skilled in the more hands-on jobs that have become unnecessary thanks to those technological advancements.
I don't think people have completely lost the drive to be independent or gain skills over the past 50 years. I think we just go about it differently and excel in different ways now.
Aime, thank you. Your answer was probably the most challenging to me. I certainly did not mean to be offensive, nor gender specific. Perhaps the shift I see is more a focus on societal rather than individual reliance? No negativity implied.
The main question I think people people are more skilled today and at an earlier age. I think digital is real world today, of least in the U.S. That may lead to a conclusion mental is growing, but I don't think that means physical is diminishing. In other words, there is not loss of physical skill sets. I think our larger society and smaller societies are becoming more sustainable from the world view.
Thank you for the thoughtful answer. I really did not intend to imply a negative connotation, but was genuinely just interested in people's thoughts. I also must admit, as a farmer, I am probably biased towards the physical. Thank you again.
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