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Modern living v old school

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Modern living is the greatest, is it not?

You can get a whole roast chicken at any of the mega chains for well under ten bucks. What with these damned socialists upping the minimum wage to a luxuriant fifteen plump and rosy-cheeked dollars for every hour of so-called “work,” (texting while ignoring customer, which happens all the time these days) the minimum wage crowd can now buy a whole roast chicken for about 45 minutes in the yoke.

A whole roast chicken, paired with a bag of pannini buns from Bunsmaster, and a 4L box of Keller Estates Dry Red, will keep a family of four going for two or three days, easy.

Looks to me like the millennial crowd is pretty close to recapturing the standard of living we (the working class) had in the pre-industrial era. Bread and wine and a roast chicken or locally made sausage on the dinner table.

Remember, this was the pre-industrial era. “Jobs” had yet to be invented. You were a butcher or a baker or a shoemaker and that’s what you did and that’s who you were.

Thankfully, we’ve been liberated from all that old school hippy dippy shit. Everything is way more efficient.

Just take that roast chicken, for example. Back in the day, lot’s of folks would keep a few chickens. You’d get the eggs for a few years and then you’d get the roast chicken. A stupendously inefficient way of getting your roast chicken.

That roast chicken our newly flush underclass will be chowing down on going forward doesn’t come from there, obviously.  It comes from the kind of “farms” you’ll see if you take a drive up the Elora Road. Just past my Alma mater, Ponsonby Public School, you pass about a mile of nondescript ag buildings.

Those are chicken factories.

Those chickens will never see a ray of sunshine or eat a blade of grass. They are the epitome of factory to plate dining.

Ya, I can see where you can wring inefficiencies out of things, but how far down that road do you go before you’re wringing the soul out of them too?

I think we need to look to the past for our future.

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