Do It All By Hand!

Sociologies of the twentieth century assume that domestic labour-saving devices were welcomed by everybody, at least by those who did not have servants. This is not true. Some parents of the so-called Greatest Generation insisted on doing everything the hard way, because it built Character. This was code for a simple exchange, whereby they sacrificed some physical effort for the far more valuable pleasures of self-admiration and the moral right to despise the users of the labour-saving devices as “lazy”. I am better than you because I do the dishes by hand, it has given me more Character. Wholly unnecessary effort was a virtue, avoiding it – particularly in their children – was moral degeneracy.

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 13:13 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, O Tempora! O Mores!

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