How did we get to where we are today, when everything sort of feels dry and like it has already been done before? How did we get so disconnected from nature, and where did we go wrong on the trajectory of humanity? Was it ever right, or are there just wildly different problems faced by humanity from one era of time to the next?
Here are 15 photos from throughout history, to remind us of how we got here today.
1. Colorado Hunters
In this photo, hunters from Boulder, Colorado are simply posing for a photograph with rifles when photos weren’t easy to take. This is said to represent what was called the wild west.
2. Coal Miners in the Industrial Revolution Era
Is it the grey tone of photographs like this that make them so depressing, or is it that the situation of mining coal in the Industrial Revolution era was actually this bleak? There is something hauntingly bleak about photos of old coal miners and people working away during this era. One might even say the entire direction of humanity took a bleak, cold turn in the 1800’s to the dark place we find ourselves today, that is drifting away from nature and what makes life feel whole. It’s a consequence of technology. whether the technology is coal for power or smart phones for communication and entertainment.
3. A Processing Plant which turned Coal into Energy
The incredible transformation that coal had upon society is not to be underestimated. Not only was it possible to consolidate power over people by the wealthy owning coal producing corporations, which in turn helped other monopolies flourish, but other effects changed us in ways we can hardly understand.
Mercury poisoning is a serious issue which is to some extent passed pre-natally from a mother to a child: a child in the womb receives mercury from the mother if she is exposed to it, and the substance doesn’t come out of the body, it just continues to be toxic.
Coal production in this era would poison people with mercury, spread it throughout the air, and that effect was passed down for generations, weakening our grandfathers and great grandfathers all the way up until the present day, where it’s possible that nutritional deficiencies and possibly even neurological disorders are more common as a result of inter-generational mercury poisoning.
4. Lead Plate and Cutlery
In past centuries, people weren’t as wise to the science behind toxicity. People ate their food with plates and cutlery that contained lead, dumbing down people and giving them serious health problems. Sometimes this problem with lead poisoning was even fatal.
5. Agent Orange sprayed on Vietnam
US Soldiers forced to go to Vietnam because of the draft, or willfully misled into fighting the war were not told about the carcinogenic, mutagenic dangers of toxic Agent Orange before they were ordered to spray it everywhere.
This man doesn’t know he is likely to develop cancer and several other disorders later in life for his exposure to that pesticide.
6. US Napalm Attacks on Korea during the Korean War
Why does North Korea hate America today? One main reason is because in the early 1950’s, they burned North Koreans alive dropping napalm out of planes onto villages full of civilians. The Korean War was particularly horrible.
7. Japanese Internment Camps in America during WWII
Unfortunately no world power that can get away with internment camps would probably ever hesitate to use them. Not only were Jews and other people despised by the German Nazis put in concentration camps, but Americans put Japanese-Americans in camps during WWII.
Of course they didn’t perform mass executions of Japanese people like the Nazis did to others, but humiliating and inhumane conditions were present at the Japanese-American internment camps.
8. Operation Seaspray in the 1950’s
In the 1950’s, Operation Seapray occurred and is thought to have continued into the 1960’s. It was a disturbing biological warfare test, in which they secretly sprayed the residents of San Francisco with an infertility linked bacteria called Serratia marcescens. They claimed to simply want to see how germs would spread throughout a city in case of Russian attack, but that’s a bullsh** excuse to experiment on civilians. At least one person died from the bacterial test.
9. Carrie Buck in the 1920’s
Carrie Buck was a woman who the state ordered to be sterilized and rendered incapable of having children. They riduculed this poor woman as being genetically inferior, and saying “three generations of imbeciles is enough,” Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. ordered that she have no offspring to be alive today.
The judge paved the way for the Nazi eugenics program, saying:
“We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes.”
10. Child Laborers during the Industrial Revolution
Children were forced to work their bodies into critical condition and poison themselves with the chemicals they were exposed to in industrial slave shops, just to feed their families as they were tricked into moving into cities during the era of Industrial Revolution.
11. The Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco
In San Francisco, California the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard was where the military would send ships, that they dropped nuclear bombs on in the Pacific Ocean. Radiated, severely contaminated destroyed ships would be brought back here for observation. They also experimented on animals with radiation at the site, and today people are trying to build apartments on top of the still radiated neighborhood of Hunter’s Point.
12. Nuclear Bomb Tests in the Nevada Desert
In the Nevada Desert as well as throughout New Mexico and Arizona, nuclear bombs were detonated by the US government. Who knows what kind of dimension-tearing phenomena we could have been dealing with, thanks for ingraining that esoteric possibility in my mind forever Twin Peaks.
13. Jack Parsons testing Rockets
Jack Parsons was essentially the founder of NASA, founding the Jet Propulsion Lab at Cal-Tech that would become the space agency. He was a dark occultist who led a division of Aleister Crowley’s Thelema Cult in California, no joke.
14. Water Testing for the Apollo 1 Mission
In this photo astronauts Gus Grisson, Roger Chafee, and Ed White are filmed doing some training for a mission, that looks a lot like the opposite of serious training.
15. Jimi Hendrix Taking a Drive with his Lady
Simple photos like this from the 60’s make the decade we’re currently living in feel a little contrived and desensitized. Is it a romanticized illusion that something was greater about the era back then, or did something actually change? That’s a really complex question to answer, and it wasn’t all great or all bad in the 1960’s or the 2010’s.
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