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They have been publishing a few stories on survivors of the Great Depression. I have noticed a certain things among the survivors, they are upbeat and positive. What fascinated me about these people, is their sense of community during those times. The Great Depression, with out a doubt, was a terrible time in our history. There was widespread job loss (25.9 percent unemployment) and hunger, people were starving, literally. So why is it that these survivors reminisce about the wonderful feeling of belonging to a close community.
The close knit community, made up of people who helped each other and fed one another, were the ones that seemingly had the least drastic of effects from the Depression. They all worked together, some had gardens, and grew produce for themselves and their neighbors. Others raised stock, pigs, cattle, and goats that they shared with neighbors. Nearly all of the survivors remembered going to a neighbors hose to get raw milk and cheese that would be consumed by the whole community. They leaned on each other, helped out those who had physical disabilities, and loved their families.
I suppose, that if we are to take anything from these articles, it is the need for people to get to know their community. Something that has been missing for a long time, is the tight knit community of old. How often has your neighborhood had a get together, just to get to know each other and keep up with the happenings in every ones life. Find the strengths and weaknesses of your neighbors, and let them know what you can do. Don’t be afraid to talk with them and offer to help when you can. Pulling together as a community and family, may very well be the answer to the tough times that may be just around the corner.
Soul Meets World had a very good post about the current economical fall out, and how it related to the Great Depression era, The Crashing and Burning of the Economy. She had some very interesting facts in this post, and I enjoyed reading it. Lilly’s Life also wrote a very good article this weekend about our current crises, When Did Personal Responsibility Die. The article is based on the fact that we all most likely had a part in bringing about this crises, not just the big wigs. But most importantly, she started a comment thread with some very interesting and helpful tips to save money.
The blogosphere, is a community in its own right. We each have our smaller community of friends and family that we visit regularly. I’m thinking we all need to blog the crises, and examine all the causes. Come up with useful ways for everyone to save money, and help each other. We have a voice, a voice that gets more attention than many of us realize. There are things we can do, we just have to figure out what they are.