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A Cowboy’s Faith: Better days without computers

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.A young man asked his grandfather, “Grandpa, how did you live in the past without technology …

Without computers, without internet connection, without television, without air conditioners, without cars, and without cell phones?”

Grandpa answered:

“As your generation lives today …

There are no prayers, there is no compassion, there is no respect, there is no real education, there is no personality, there is no shame at all, there is no modesty, and there is no honesty.

“We, the people born between the years 1940-1980, were the blessed ones. Our lives are a living proof …

While playing about everywhere and riding our bikes we never wore a helmet. Before school we played and then again after school until dusk we played and hardly ever watched television. We played with real friends, not virtual friends.

If we were thirsty, we drank tap water, or water from the hose, not mineral water in a plastic bottle. We never worried even when we shared the same cup of juice with four friends. We never gained weight by eating plates of pasta every day.

Nothing happened to our feet despite roaming barefoot. We never used food supplements to stay healthy. We used to make our own toys and play with them. Our parents were not rich, but they gave love, not stuff.

We never had a cell phone, game console, Xbox, video games, personal computer, or internet, but we had true friends.

Our friends were our neighbors and we visited them and their parents without being invited and shared and enjoyed the food with them.

We had black and white photos, but we can find colorful memories in these photos.

We are a unique and the most understanding generation because we are the last generation that listened to their parents. And to my extreme sadness, we are also the first ones who were forced to listen to their children.

We are a limited edition. Take advantage of us. Learn from us. We are a treasure destined to disappear soon.”

Reminded of Matthew 12:45: “That is what this generation is like. You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God. But you were not hospitable to His kingdom’s message, and now all the devils are moving back in.”


Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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