After watching Frontier House, a
“reality TV” show about three
American families that have to live as if they were in 1883 Montana—all I
have to say is that I was never under the impression that times
were simpler and better in the past. I appreciate the conviences of modern
life like, oh, hot-n-cold running water, electricity, central air and
Coca-cola, not to mentions things like Band-aids and the Internet.
But I will say that the families, after spending five months living a
frontier experience, looked much healthier. Granted, if they lived
like that for five years (which is what it took to get the full
claim to a homestead in the 19th century) they wouldn't look
nearly as good, but five months of hard
labor exercise and
healthy eating certainly did wonders.
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