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Unfair life situation
Dear readers, this post is a
continuation of my first farm life experience, I believe that once you have
read my writings, you will understand and agree that it was an unfair life situation,
because the way of life that I and the other youths, who happened to live like
me in the farms during those times was unfair, it was a way of life that to
most of us today may seem archaic, unreal and to say the least unfair, and
indeed it was really unfair to myself and to all those youths that ended up in
a similar position as myself. But at the time when this happened it didn’t seem
that bad to us, because we were so young when we started to work in the farms,
therefore we were not aware then of the adverse influence that it could and
would brink to us in the future, as we didn’t know then that we were in a
disadvantaged situation and even our parents did not see how bad the situation
could become to some of us later on, because they could not see how fast life
was chancing, and anyhow even if they guessed that things were changing they
didn’t know what else to do.
The unfair situation
Now, this situation that I am
talking about was most unfair to us because it affected only us in the farms,
but not all the young citizens of this somewhat rich rural town, (Here rich
rural town means only Genzano by comparison to other towns which surround it)
because they would be living a better life in town. So as it happened then, we
a portion of the young citizen of Genzano became caught in a disadvantaged
position including myself, and this position would affect us very badly for the
rest of our lives; but we didn’t know what else to do, and there was nothing
that could be done either. The few exceptions who were not put at a
disadvantaged position were those youths which their families were rich land
owners, because it would always be an advantage for them to stay in the farms
and learn their future trade and then use their farm knowledge in the future.
But for the rest of us young men
who were working in small farms like myself, and which had no other
opportunities in life but to continue the old tradition of farming, just
because this same tradition of farming had been a way of life to the rural
community of this agricultural town for centuries before us, and therefore,
when I was young it was thought to be the only way to earn a fare and honest living,
if you happened to own any land at all, so we had to be trained to be farmers
in order to look after our own small farm when we would become older, but this
training to us became a great disadvantage, because of the changes that
Nobody could be blamed for
putting us youths in such a position, which in the end would result for us in a
disadvantaged position: because the very same way of life had served the same
community so well for centuries, and they were not disadvantaged at all then.
But nowadays because of the enormous change of the modern era, which has
brought with it also changes in the value of work that any worker does, and for
this reason we became greatly disadvantaged.
And as I have already mentioned
above, I reckon and feel that it was really an unfair life situation to my
personal self, and this I will continue to describe to you at length and in
depth as I keep writing on, since the point that I want to make is to show you
how I had to struggle and to suffer while I was living in the farm, and even
later on in the future. In fact life for me was going to be much harder than I
thought, since that way of life which I had lived in the farm had left me so
far backward, because of isolation I even lacked in local general knowledge,
and also in communication skills including all those nice things that a person
does and says, in order to make that same person attractive to the rest of the
community. So, this early disadvantaged way of life has affected me greatly for
the rest of my life, and although I have tried to improve myself during my
life, I have never been able to catch up with the rest of the world. So that, I
feel it within me even now, as if I will never be completely satisfied with
myself, because I think that I could have been better off if I had a different
and better way of life when I was young to start with.
But since what’s been done is
done, and one cannot go back and do it in a different way, I am/was stuck with
it. Therefore, I had to put up with my backward way of life; and I had to
accept that the only possible way that was left for me to earn a living for the
rest of my life, had to be that I had to do hard physical work.
Now at the time when all this was
happening, to the young people which used to live in this town’s farms, it all
seemed normal to them, because even their forbears they all had lived this same
way for centuries before us.
Also my forbears used to live in
this town that I was born, and in which I had to live my youth just like them.
But, most of my youth and I mean the most important years of my young life, at
the time when a youth would like to try to find out the meanings of life, which
would help him to learn how to deal with his life in the future, all those
years were spent to live in our family farm and not in the town itself, and
this did put me in a disadvantaged position from the very start, as I have
already mentioned before, I ended up in an unfair life situation.