Growing Old?

Is it possible that one of the signs of growing old is that one thinks that the ” good old days were better ” ?

I once worked with a lady who’s father had been an a North Atlantic fisherman and he assured her that the days he had worked on ice covered fishing rigs on the North Atlantic Ocean had been anything but ‘ the good old days ‘ !

Current discussions about employment opportunities and sustainable resources have reminded me about my father who worked for over 48 years in a paper mill which processed new and recycled papers into consumable products.

He often said that cedar trees were the most environmentally sustainable type of forest products and were in fact nothing more than ‘ tall weeds’ and that brown paper bags were the best solution for the planet.

In this period of sharp unemployment, where we have a surfeit of plastic bags I often wonder if a return to the simple life of brown paper bags which degrade quickly and are produced in an environmentally responsible manner generating countless jobs might not have been such a bad thing, either in terms of employment opportunities or impacts on the environment !

I realize that Israel does not possess vast groves of harvestable cedar trees and limitless supplies of hydro electric generating power sources, so thus a Canadian ‘ solution ‘ may not be readily available, but perhaps the reliance on constant supplies of freely available plastic bags may not be such a good thing.

It is hoped that such a idea does not digress into an academic discussion of power consumption and carbon emissions which in turn devolve into the third decimal points which are enough to make a minister’s eyes glaze over !

In a worst case scenario it would become part and parcel of a globale UN discussion on climate change. However in a best case scenario it might cause a pause for reflection and review of how ‘ the good old days operated ‘ .

About the Author
Yonatan Michael Curry is retired Canadian Public servant who has been a frequent traveler to Israel since 2003. With an interest in daily life and its associated values he brings a fresh, observant and unbiased view on various aspects of Israeli daily life. And not without a bit of humour. Though he has never rented a car while there Yonatan has travelled the length and breadth of Israel.