Industrial Disease – Are things getting any better?

This week Wednesday is more than a Hump Day, as Friday is Good Friday, there is no work, in fact I also have next Tuesday off too, so I have 5 days off in a row! I should be excited, yes? Don’t get me wrong, I am excited about my plans for the long weekend (well mostly), it’s just that time seems to drag when you have something to look forward to. It’s like that last week before you go on holidays……….seems a month long and poof, the holiday is over so quickly. Time is fleeting, but only when it is inconvenient!

When you think about it, way back in the dark ages, prior to the industrial age (?) people worked virtually everyday. They were mostly farmers or market gardeners, or cattle / sheep/ goat/ llama (you get the picture) herders. They work an honest day for a simple roof over their heads and a full tummy. There was no welfare state, no hand outs and I am pretty sure no holidays. Where did it all change?

Now don’t get me wrong, I like the way things are now, however sometimes it seems awfully complicated. Back then I would assume each knew their place and role in the community, and back then it was all about community. Did they complain about working from sunup to sundown with no pay and no sick leave or holiday pay? I don’t think they had overtime loadings and Super either. No medical coverage like Medicare (Australia). You couldn’t even pop down the local shop and buy milk and bread, you had the make the bread (after you ground the flour), milk the cow, and take away food didn’t exist for when you are feeling lazy. You didn’t cook, you didn’t eat; it was pretty simple. And that was after you caught and killed what you were having for dinner. (apologies to the vegetarians, but I’m a meat eater!).

We live longer now, have better medical treatment, vaccines and better sanitation, clean living environments. But is this really any better? Maybe things are too clean. And now there are super bugs that are resistant to our medications,  and everyone seems to becoming intolerant of basic foods (myself included), I mean what are they putting in our food? There are new diseases (or is that new names for old Diseases?) popping up all the time, along with new ‘miracle’ cures. How about a cure for 21st Century itis? Dire Straights wrote a song about Industrial Disease;

“Doctor Parkinson declared ‘I’m not surprised to see you here
You’ve got smokers cough from smoking, brewer’s droop from drinking beer
I don’t know how you came to get the Betty Davis knees
But worst of all young man you’ve got Industrial Disease’
He wrote me a prescription he said ‘you are depressed
But I’m glad you came to see me to get this off your chest
Come back and see me later – next patient please
Send in another victim of Industrial Disease'”


It’s kind of scary when you think about it, this song is from the 1980’s, things are not getting any better. Add to all of that the wars, terrorist attacks  and suicidal airplane pilots.  Oh Man, I am making myself depressed thinking about it all. Sure we do live longer, but is it really worth it? OK so now we live past the age of 40…….even 50, 60 & 70s (OK, OK over 100 in some cases) and some people are completely mobile and still have their wits about them, but not all. I don’t really want to be a part of the ‘not all’ crowd.

We eat too much, don’t exercise enough, we play Russian roulette with our political systems, we tamper with genetically modified food stuffs. There is too much pollution and global warming (although it is now considering global climate changes isn’t it?) Mother Earth has cracked the shits with us, can’t say I blame her, the planet is a mess. Not that I am any better, I drive my car, I buy food stored in plastic, I recycle as much as I can, but I do not compost. I heard someone say on the radio that the cost of coffee beans is going up again, they said people are worried about how much it will cost for a cappuccino, when they should be worried about how they can afford such a luxury as a cappuccino? I mean there are homeless people and there are misplaced people and starving people and plagues (like Ebola), and some A**hole complaining it costs $6.00 for a coffee?

Don’t look to me for answers, I have none – does anybody? Now that I have made you (and myself) all depressed, are we really any better off? A Simpler time, with no internet, cell phones, computers, OK they lived shorter lives, but did they cherish everyday or did they just exist and most of us seem to do today? Do you exist or cherish every day, or something in between? Perhaps this post is too Deep and Meaningful for a Wednesday afternoon? I know sometimes I go off in a tangent, this post was not supposed to be about the woes of the world, it was just a way to pass a Wednesday afternoon!

Oh well – Happy Easter Everyone…………enjoy and cherish every minute

– Julz