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Is society today better off than it was 100 years ago?

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Written by   89
7 months ago

Last night, I dreamed about me living in 1900s. It was weird in a sense that why of all times, my dream transported me to late 1900s? Is there a connection of myself in the old ones? I do not remember much about this dream, but I like how the dream ended because in there I saw many prominent people and interacted with them. Although the the life is poor, but you can see the real happiness of the people.

Philippines is a blessed country with so many islands, agricultural lands, and it was surrounded by the seas and oceans left and right. You can literally live near the shore if you want since the population before is not crowded at all. The houses are big in the city, while the houses in the countryside can be transported to one place and another.

In my dream, I feel like living in the Rizal's era. I know Rizal died in 1896, only 4 years he will stepped on the 1900s. Poor soul for our national heroes. If others do not know, Jose Rizal is our national heroes because of his love for the country and his sacrifices to free us from the hands of Spaniards colonialism back then. A little bit of history, eh? What I am going to write is the difference between the current life and the old life a century ago.

What is their daily life?

Usually, their clothes are long and heavy as what you can see in the photo. It was handcraft and the machine is not yet popular back then. Is the weaving machine already invented in 1900s? The Filipino family love an extended family living in one house. It means the grandparents, your parents, aunts, uncles, and your cousins are all living together. Their clothes are all European inspired like skirts, slacks, shirts, and dresses.

However, what makes it unique is the textile used to weave their clothes because it can only be found in countryside. I think most of the women knew how to weave because that is a part of women's work and job at home. The life in 1900s is somehow similar in the current times because there are still extended family. But this time, only grandparents stay at homes. Right now, we can just buy clothes in the market, mall, and online shop.

Arts and their religious beliefs

It is widely popular that early Filipinos loved carving so much. Most of their carvings are religious-based like Anitos. Anitos are depending on what god it symbolizes and usually they used woods for making it. There are so many rituals done and performed by different tribes according to their beliefs. But I know it is way different right now.

Our modern arts are wide, strong, and developed unlike before. It was easy to paint because the tools and materials can be bought easily, while in 1900s, you have to make your own. Although you can buy some materials, but it is pricey. Only the rich people can afford it. But looking back, how I wish the Philippines Peso has much value than right now. Poor us!

What houses they have before?

As you all know, the cement houses are not yet popular back then especially the tiles. Only the rich families can afford to build mansion made with cement and rocks. On the other hand, the ordinary and poor families can just afford to build a lightwood made houses commonly known as bahay-kubo. Bahay kubo is a popular house date back in 1900s and I believe there are still people using it in the countryside especially the tribes.

Compare today, we have various modern and architectural houses. There are even smart houses that can be controlled by the remote and voice activation. How powerful it is, right? What I loved houses in 1900s is the comfortability and it is refreshing even though there is no electricity. People are happy. People can stay in their humble abode and invite friends to come by. Would you live in 1900s?

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Yes that is really true I suggested this article is okay for me, people actually live fine in the olden days compared to now this era, it is absurd and many deaths, unknown deaths, people are now hustling seriously when actaully in the olden days they kill and eat animals

Our early man, they don't even have cloths rather

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7 months ago

what i am referring is 1900s, not the ancient civilization that doesn't have clothes you mentioned. hehe. i appreciated your opinions about this. nice to meet you!

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7 months ago

Ang laki na tlaga Ng pinag bago nuhh po pero anut anu pa man yan ehh yan Ang umukit sa mga alaala nating mga Pinoy It's something to be proud of

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7 months ago

malaki na po ang pinagbago ng pilipinas pero ang mga tao ay mas lalong lumobo at nakikita naman po natin ang epekto ng overpopulation.

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7 months ago

In my own opinion I think I still prefer this present time that I can witness than the late 90s. Due to some stories that I hear, the past years was so peaceful in terms of doing comparison. But there was no uses of technology as we are using in our present world now.

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7 months ago

there are wars and plague happened in 1900s and that is something i don't want to experience in that year.

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Comparing the 1990s and now, there are lot of difference, a very big margin. I lived the 1990s a very little and had no much experience, but from what I've learnt, life was more comfortable in those days compared to now. The bonding of families (just like you methioned the extended family)was superb comparing that to nowadays.

The difference is clear and if one is to choose the one to live in now, the person has to loose somethings to adapt to one.

E.g, if I'm to go a back to the 90s, I have to go there leaving phone behind 😢

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If I were given a chance to live in the past I would choose rather the advent of technology but at the same time living in a countryside where I can taste the goodness of nature

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yeah, a total mix of living. i think it's possible, but the countryside has poor internet connection especially in our country.

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7 months ago

Technologically, it wasn't as good as it is today. but i would like to live in that era

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7 months ago

yeah. i would like to visit it as well.

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7 months ago

yes mate. It would be so nice

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The present time could have been better if the attitudes and spirit of the Filipinos still remain.

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the love and passion for the country. people who are ready to fight and die for the mother land.

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7 months ago

right right, a true Filipino

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7 months ago

Syempre naman masbetter ngayon.. Hahaha.. Tech lover ako eihh.. I can't imagine my life without technology..

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7 months ago

that's right. i cannot imagine living without technology right now. it will be hard.

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7 months ago

Ayoko haha. Gusto ko lang maranasan yung way of living nila, but living in spanish era is a big no haha. Pero I admit that the society through the colonized era is more disciplined and well-mannered compared today haha.

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7 months ago

tama ka po kuya, gusto ko po din buhay nila pero hindi iyong spanish era, masyadong mahira ang buhay.

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Living on Spanish Era is such a big problem since only those rich Filipino family can afford the way of living, in addition the country was colonized by Spaniards that's why we are under the law which the indios needs to obey. It's a nightmare for poor people since they became slaves and doesn't acquire any education due to lack of financial matters. Filipinos are forced to work under their Don and Donnas to live.

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7 months ago

that is why many Filipino chose to fight for our country's freedom. we can read and learn how much they persecuted us. living in our homeland, but living in a control life.

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7 months ago

If I were to choose, I'd like to live on that time, where I can experience to wear traditional way of living, dress and courting. 😅

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7 months ago

maganda po yung buhay dati pero wag lang may sakupang magaganap. hindi po maganda ang naging buhay ng mga pilipino noon.

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7 months ago

Naks! Iba din ang article mo today couz. Whahaha.. Medyo may research na naganap dito no? Good job!

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7 months ago

opo kuya. nag search po ako ng mga konting information para may idea po ako sa blog ko po ngayon. hehe.

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7 months ago

Sabi nga nila, "Philippines is a poor country sitting in a pot of gold". Mayaman naman talaga ang Pilipinas, ang mga Pinoy kase, abusado and greedy kaya di tayo umuunlad. Di marunong maging resourceful. Haaay nako, Dennis. 🤷‍♀️

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7 months ago

sobrang yaman po ng mga resources natin pero mga private companies po nakikinabang instead na government. nakakalungkot dahil ganito tayo inabuso ng mga mapanlinlang na mga politiko.

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Yup, yan ang tinatawag na Capitalism at its finest. Yung mga private owners lang nakikinabang sa resources natin. 🤷‍♀️

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