Passing things down from generation to generation

Wednesday, 13 October 2010   |   Creative Thinking

In todays world,  nothing is made to last (or few things at that).  What sort of impact is this going to have on our ability to pass things down from generation to generation.  In decades gone by tools and other items would easily last and retain their usefulness.  For instance a slide rule could be given to a grandson and still work just as well as the day it was bought. It could be used daily and be a reminder of our greater family.  A lot of items nowadays will not cater for this.  I'm sure that thumb drive for instance is not going to cut it.  Sure it may be 64 GB and store thousands of photos and documents and other stuff now but you can be that when it comes time to hand it to your grandchildren it will barely hold a document and they'll stare at you blankly when you say that they need a USB port to stick it into.

What affect is this going to have on society?

 

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