This is a bit of a philosophical post that's been swirling around my head for awhile and which recent events have brought to the surface. Forgive me for this little detour and I swear I will return to bikinis real soon!
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption . It's an amazing story about a man whose dreams of winning an Olympic medal where crushed by WWII and years of living in the hellish conditions of a concentration camp. Returning home he fought depression and... OK I'm not going to spoil the book, just read it. But here's the thing, all this happened about 70 years ago - very little time in the scale of human history. Imagine being transplanted back to that time - no TV, no modern music, no rock, no rap, no hip hop, no electric guitars, no DJ's, no dance music, no raves, no jets flying across country and the world in a matter of hours, no iPhones or iPads, no computers or internet, no video games, no nationally televised sporting events, no super bowl (or ads), no burning man or anything close. Surfing and skiing barely existed with extremely difficult and limited gear, no windsufing or kiting or mtn. biking - and so on and so on. Antibiotics were just being discovered and people still routinely died from tuberculous and ordinary infections. Polio raged. There were few diseases that medicine could cure - anything serious was a death sentence. Child birth was extremely dangerous. Infant and mother mortality was much higher. Wars were terrible, being drafted was routine and expected, and depending on your deployment you could face a 70% or greater chance of dying or losing major body parts.
Now return yourself to the present. Things seem pretty good in comparison. And yet many people are so very unhappy. Sure, there are serious inequities and jobs are scarce and so on. Would you prefer to be taken back to the good times of say 1941? Maybe jump on a military transport ship about to invade Iwo Jima? How willing are you to die extremely horribly right now to defend your lifestyle? Personally I think we are living in the good days. My recent life saving surgery was not possible just twenty years ago and repairing a heart valve only become reality in the past few. I'm happy to be alive today!