This is the final entry to a remarkable list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.
These are the two most important.
2nd place: The Fountain of Remedies
That is the number of medicine bottles I counted at my parent’s house last summer. And they prefer natural remedies over synthetic ones
Which led me to wonder, how many bottles of medicine does an average civilized family have?
Tylenol, Panadol, Bayer, Aleve, allergy medicines, prescription medicines… that just naming the basic ones. Now try to imagine how many medicine bottles a 19th century family had: none? two? if rich perhaps six?
Man… times do change. Now a days there is pill for every mental and physical distress.
Why recommend several days of rest, when a sleeping pill can do the job?
Why recommend eating salad, when a laxative can work just fine?
Why recommend vacations, when a stimulant can serve you right?
Chicken soup, no way, I need Robytusin
Take for example the surge in the number of school kids diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in the last decade.
Time magazine says:
Two studies suggest some symptoms may be due simply to immaturity… One of these studies found that young-for-their grade kids were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD as those who were old for their grade. (pg. 16, 08/30/10)
Misunderstood case like the following are quite abundant… I’m not saying that medicine is bad. Heck no, medicine has improved our lifestyle in many, many ways.
But like everything else, abusing medical consumption is harmful.
Sure, taking a pill is the easy way
Just not always the right way
1st place: The Mouth and Ears of your life
You guessed it… that thing in your pocket made it to the top of the list.
I mean, who doesn’t have a phone these days? Who doesn’t get a bit “jumpy” when the battery’s dead? What more reliable lifeline in times of awkward silence?
Allows the transfer of thoughts anywhere, anytime.
Took down the barriers of time and space in human interactions.
Revolutionized the work space.
Changed human behavior.
Also, the telephone shows no sign of slowing down it’s technological progress. From the bulky phones of the past to the sleek, camera, GPS, Mp3, Internet, digital cellphones of the future. Now a days the possibilities are almost endless – from surfing the web, finding the nearest exit to your destination, to identifying a song that´s playing on the radio – the modern cellphone does it all.
Just stop and think….
Is there phone close to you now? Does it accompany you wherever you go? Do you use it to avoid people? To get to know people? To stay in touch with people? Are all of the above true?
More useful tool in the social life of an average person: none.
Thanks for all those that have followed the countdown till the end, hope you had as good time reading it as I had making it.
Till the next post… keep it real