Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. It is hot here and we need some rain. Our fall plants are growing and seem to be doing well.
Last week we talked about the home and the role of the woman there. This week I want to focus on the farm and the role of the man there. I know that society is what it is and there’s likely no going back, but I still want us to realize that God’s plan, which was a more natural plan, was right.
The Industrial Revolution, which took place from the 18th to the 19th centuries, was a period during which predominately agrarian rural societies in Europe and America became industrial and urban. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the late 1700s, manufacturing was often done in people’s homes using hand tools or basic machines. Industrialization marked the shift to powered special purpose machinery, factories and mass production. The iron and textile industries, along with the development of the steam engine, played central roles in the Industrial Revolution, which also saw improved systems of transportation, communication and banking. While industrialization brought about an increased volume and variety of manufactured goods and an improved standard of living for some, it also resulted in often grim employment and living conditions for the poor and working classes.
In the U.S. the first transcontinental railroad was constructed during the period from 1863-1869. The light bulb was patented around 1879, changing life forever. The automobile was invented in the late 1800s, again revolutionizing life forever. Other inventions connected society such as the telegraph and telephone. All of these inventions led us further and further from the farm.
Because of these and other innovations, we have allowed commercial food producers to take the place of our personal gardens and grow our food, genetically modifying it for greater yield, not to mention the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc. The cost of allowing this has become detrimental to our health.While new inventions are cool at the moment, long-term they have long reaching affects on our health.
When industry became the rage, men left the farm and began working public jobs. As we discussed previously, when war came, the men went to fight and the women then left the home assuming the jobs of the men. Things were never the same after this. Once the men became accustomed to women working outside the home, it became the norm. Today we even have so called men playing the role of Mr. Mom.
I was listening to a local talk show on the radio recently, and the host was interviewing some young people from Future Farmers of America. He had 3 young people on the radio, all of which were girls. I was taken aback wondering, where are the boys? I guess they are sitting under air conditioners playing video games. God said man was to work by the sweat of his brow and woman was to give birth and be a helpmeet. We have everything backwards in our industrialized modern society.
Where are men who provide for their families and are present daily in the home, while the mother efficiently runs the nuances of that home? Where are men who are real men, not effeminate? Where are men who are patriotic and stand and salute the flag and National Anthem? Yes, I’m against taking a knee! We need some men to go back to the farm and take care of their families. Society would be much better today if we hadn’t sold the farm for big industry.
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