Posted by Lemonaide on July 17, 2008, at 7:12:17
In reply to Why do people persevere?, posted by Dinah on July 16, 2008, at 23:46:04
I believe that they knew of nothing better, this is their life and you do what you can in the circumstances. It does make you stronger, facing adversities, soon stronger adversities become bearable because you are stronger.
Even with living this way, you still have your mind, and that can create comfort, you have your families and the cycle of life that brings some joys. They had music way back then that helped them. Even though they life to us looks horrible, they still had some good stuff too. Stuff maybe that nowadays we don't appreciate enough.
Then there is the "we are in this together" that brings together people.
I do believe some of have it easy now days but society has taught us to become weak. There are still people living in those horrible conditions, even now, and yet they have survived, or I should say the strongest out of those old colonies have survived. Evolutions plays a role also of the species, the stronger still survive, while the weaker die. Stronger isn't always physical strength, it can be mental or even genetic advantages.
Back then people didn't normally live to be in the 70's, 30 was old age. So I believe they did survive but overall the hard life did shorten their life expectancy. But I am sure they had their comforts, maybe not the same comforts we would consider today.
Even today, Americans do have it nice in area's of comfort that others in other countries can only dream of or live without even knowing.
But I have a feeling if the average citizen of a comfort country had to go against the average citizen of "harsh living" country, both with the same weapons, and physical strength, the harsh living people would be eventually win due to there strength from living in harsh conditions. But this is just what I believe, I don't know if there any right answers in all of this.