Thursday, March 02, 2006

Can Our Young people survive in World War II?

A small storm is brewing in one of the forum boards that I participate actively in.

One member asked if the young people of our generation are able to survive if everyone were retro-teleported to the war-torn years of 1940s.

Interesting question in itself, and something that I am sure even you have a speculation upon.

First thing first, I am really grateful that we are living in relative peace — though we can see from all the news coverage that there remains enclaves of violence and unrest in countries around the world. Naturally, living in an oasis of peace, we can't really feel the pain and suffering of those who remain trapped in the vicious cycles of peaceless living. That's a short-fall that community involvement projects aim to fill.

But that aside, unrest is something that isn't very conducive for people to live in. You cannot be exactly be concentrating on your work in school when you have missiles flying about above your head — and gravity sparing, be grateful that you can even walk a decent distance from your house before being searched by soldiers manning checkpoints.

Anyway, if we were unfortunate enough to be teleported back into 1940s, I am sure that most of the current generation in their teens right now won't survive beyond the first hour. And this has nothing to do with being in the middle of the war.

Imagine living in a world without cellphone coverage, mediocre television set quality, no Internet, absolutely no Playstation or X-Box. A few of my friends have told me that they won't want to live if they can't have their endownments from the technology gods, so that makes 75% of the young generation wiped out.

But on the other hand, we have the young trailblazers: these people are the hidden dragons of the society, rising up to the occassion when situation dictates. Normally, they would lie dormant, quietly going about their daily activities. But when the need arises, just like how the great heroes of that generation were, these people would rise up to the challenge, and lead the charge for peace.

So, can our young people survive in world war 2? Let's just say that we'll perform ok.


Blogger Chamber said...

Young people will definitely survive. Humans are born to be adaptable. With hardship or no, we will find some way to live on. You will not expect 75% of young people to commit suicide, will you?

Friday, March 03, 2006 9:00:00 AM  
Blogger Pkchukiss said...

Well.... Looking at some of the gadget freaks in the world, it just might happen.

Friday, March 03, 2006 11:14:00 AM  
Blogger lowtide said...

u never know.

we will suffer but will not die.

BMT remember? without internet, tv, prolonged cellphone usage, we still did ok.

Just people will need some time to adapt.. Maybe before they do, they might just die. After that transition period, everyone would have changed i guess.

Friday, March 03, 2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger Pkchukiss said...

BMT is only a temporary occurrance.

When some realise that they won't get the Internet/mobile/PSP or even pagers for 50 odd years, I don't think they would survive the shock.

Of course the rest will suffer, but not die. Actually, I was trying to make a point regarding our attachments to devices.

It's a different world between being in a time where something is NOT invented, and living in a time where you know that something is going to be invented, but not at the particular time you are at.

Friday, March 03, 2006 2:28:00 PM  
Blogger Chamber said...

I am so glad that i am not gadget-dependant. Lol. I will be one of those who will not die

Friday, March 03, 2006 5:57:00 PM  
Blogger Pkchukiss said...

I understand what you guys meant: people are inherently adaptable, and would surely go into survival mode if it is ever needed.

But I was just wondering about all those self-confessed gadget freaks. Would they all die? Just how many of them are there?

Monday, March 06, 2006 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger lowtide said...

u tink too much la boy

hahaha i'm also an online freak.. nth to do must online one

however when u're hungry or just looking for a safe place to live, u wouldn't even have the time to think of your cannon, ps2 or even apple ipod.

u empty stomach and dirty body will just bother u so much that u would even have that extra ounce of energy to think of entertaiment, not to mention getting the latest gadgets.

Monday, March 06, 2006 11:12:00 PM  

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