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In many old societies all over history we find these families called “normal” in the sixties which are composed by a heterosexual couple and their children. In some of those societies men would work to support this familiar cell. In other as some brasilian indians women would do most work and men would rest.In most cases children would start working on a certain age. Today’s society is changing the model and families are inserting almost all its member on the working class one way or the other. The excuses are many. The capitalist industry “arranged” for women to liberate them selves and search for equal working rights. The also are arranging for kids to get very early into their carriers. For that they induced these kids with videogames which made them smarter computerwise. Soon they were trained to produce better programming at fourteen years old than adults would be able to. I know senior programmers with nineteen. Senior means they are already at the top of their carrier. That worked all along the internet age. Let’s not forget about the old folks that are learning how to keep a more healthy and productive life even after their 80’s. As the industry sells us the idea we need more stuff to be happy it also prepare the society to the increase of productivity needs designed for us. It’s the capitalist model and i’m not questioning if it’s right or wrong. It is here and that’s a fact. What is important is to learn that we have these choices we can make and all that is not mandatory. we gotta understand what do we really need and what is eating up our lives. If we managed after all to have all those family members on the market working and making money lets remember that can help us to stress less with bills and other money issues and help us building a life with more quality. We need to ponder every once in a while about these priorities because the industry is very competent in finding us new things we can’t live without. We should question a little bit every new gadget that we put into our lives and evaluate the necessity of it. The extra car and the extra clothes are no always more important than a couple more hours with our family or time to take care of ourselves. Mathematically it’s impossible to accept that with all these extra hands we are still doing the same amount of wealth. Of course that is also planned by capitalist industries and they find ways to spread the same amount of money they always did but among much more people. That’s part of the idea but let’s not forget they need to sell us more stuff to keep this engine growing. So the idea is to step away from the statistics and try to organize our incomes in a different way average society behaves. That will give us a break from this system and an opportunity to use our resources more wisely and closer to our real desires.

I was born in 69 so in the end of the 70’s i was a ten years old kid. This was a very rich age for culture. I remember the premiere of Star Wars. A film i watched in the Movie theatres fourteen times. It was the age of disco and the age of punk. The age of feminism. The age of pop and the age fo hippies. It was the age of the big promisses for the future with the start of the personal computing and the beginning of roots for globalisation. There were no AIDS. The kids that grew up at that age were supposed to change the world. Let’s not forget we are talking about the cold war so the world we are supposed to build is a world in peace. Something very interesting happened in music. It was a time where kids opposed the status quo and embraced the idea that chance is always better no matter what. Punks looking for anarchy, New wavers looking for a different cultural attitude, hippies fighting wars with flowers, skinheads gathering gangs to fight for the working class, Hip-hop from the projects talking about real african american issues, mainstream dancing on the disco clubs and having free sex, Heavy Metal dudes alienating from society and The Yuppies casting a capitalist shadow in all this fun. A importante thing at those times is that these tribes didn’t mix at all. Skinheads would only go to punk shows to fight. Rock hed nothing to do with new wave and all these tribes had their own way of dressing and talking and acting and all reflected the music they listened. The thing is: that was not all fun and joy. There was a lot of prejudice between these tribes and also with the status quo. It was a time of fight and hate in many levels but it was also a time of a rich cultural creation. The richer of the last decades. Punk, pop, pop-rock, electronica, hip-hop, new wave, goth, disco. Almost all the musical styles we listen today came from the 70’s. We had grunge in the 90’s and many electronica segments but not even one new hole musical style. In other hand today kids go to a rock party that ends as a disco party and they hang with hip-hop kids that enjoy electronic music and so on. Punk is only the theme of some fashion collections as well as hippie. Psychedelic is a graphic style and also a segment for electronica. That makes me wonder. The cultural segregation from the 70’s created so much and the 00’s cultural mixup where everybody can do anything created so little? Am i missing something here? If i’m right segregation is not so bad culturally speaking? As i don’t like the idea of segregation how can creation grow in a fluid environment where the “need” to raise a voice in not so important for a group as it is for an individual?