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Hi All,

Long years ago stress was never a part of anyone’s dictionary. However, today it is the most common word used by everyone ranging from a 13-year-old child to a 95 year old adult. What is the reason behind the frequent usage of this word in the modern times? Earlier, primitive man survived on bare essentials of life & yet he was stress free but today even though technology has gifted a luxurious life to man we are stressed.
Earlier man had to roam from place to place in search of food & shelter. Today the modern man can even work by sitting at home through technologies like laptops & cell phones. Yet today man has been confronted by various diseases & has to tackle stress. Why is it that a primitive man working several times harder than the modern man had time for pleasure activities but a modern man has to make work his leisure and work to no end. Technology & modern equipments were to make man’s life stress free & relaxed but instead it had has adverse effects on man’s life.
A few centuries man had not even heard of fatal diseases like “ aids” however today every research & technology is being used to find a treatment for this disease. Man has found medicines & treatments for the tiniest of the creatures on this earth but yet has failed to discover a cure, which would save the life of a fellow human. Science and technology has made it possible to reach the moon but is it of any use because we don’t have time to go & even meet out old parents who have taught us what a moon is & how to reach there.
These facts make us think, “ Are we happier than our forefathers?” in my opinion we are not as happy as they were. Our forefathers lived a stress free, contented & happy life but today these words are only seen in the dictionary. If we desire to live like our forefathers then it could only be possible in the Himalayas because in this world we require money for minimal needs & necessities & to earn that also we have to work very hard. Working hard would mean work during the day accompanied by work through the night. Is this called being happy?

sweth_darsh -  Member Since: Jun 2008
Hi, I totally agree with u.humans r living a stressful life & not a peaceful life.people prefer quantity in their life more than quality. Regards, swetha.

Madii -  Member Since: Jul 2008
I dont think we are even close to the quality of life that our forefathers lived.. i agree they had problems about foreign rule and lower facilities of medicine and other scientific inventions, however at those times the taxation rates(which were paid in kind as a % of production) was 16% - as opposed to 33% plus that we are paying in india now. Ordinary merchants(non ruling classes) during pre independence could afford to travel overseas for medication and hospitalisation(Read: Discovery of India) and even the clerks in govt. offices lived in bunglows where today a snior executive in a top MNC finds it difficult to even afford a flat.
There were practically no divorces , a single earner could raise a family of sometimes even 5 children+ parents - this is unimaginable today ...
Think for yourself ... have we really progressed? Or is development a toy the newer generations were handed over to play with at the expense of peace at home and love in our hearts

sweth_darsh -  Member Since: Jun 2008
Globalisation is into existence.technology has advanced.There will be a day where manpower will vanish & robots will commence.Is it a good thing where conventional methods are getting outdated.where r v today?well as they say old is gold & new is silver.
Regards,
swetha.

ca_bala -  Member Since: Jun 2008
Yes, OLD is GOLD and new is silver ONLY.......

Very right.

Look at the kind of marathon effort one has to put day in day out to keep the vehicle of life moving along!

As the OIL climbs to $150, common man's life gets tougher and tougher.

Where do we go from here?

In the Arctic, ice melt is predicted to start 20 years before what was expected - which means around 40 years from now - our next generation, isn't it?

And what happens when part of Arctic starts melting?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Bala

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