People cared for each other primarily because no one else would. The government was not too much involved until the New Deal and the Great Depression and its aftermath.
I feel society as a whole has lost that feeling of neighborhood, of assistance to those worse off than you are. As I age I miss these things and many others too, but I really miss the feeling, the desire for and the need for family. Divorce was a huge stigma to the individual as well as the family as a whole. Today, divorce seems to be nothing more than something one has a 50/50 chance of going through. We didn’t abort openly, although I am sure some were done under the table; not like today, where clinics just for that are available.
We have, as a society, changed so much in my lifetime I am very concerned about how it will be in my children and grandchildren’s lifetime. Are we as a society losing our compassion and desire to help those who are in need? And we are seemingly willing to allow someone else, preferably the government, do whatever is needed for us.
One thing I love about Rush County is that we are not as bad as many areas about this. We still do, in places, have that neighborly attitude of my youth. Many have no desire for any more government in our lives; there is enough of that already. I am so happy we are a rural farming community, one that possibly is still old-fashioned, but people care.