[extropy-chat] When Did (or Do) People Start Locking Doors?
mbb386 at main.nc.us
Fri Dec 15 20:21:49 UTC 2006
When I was growing up in New York City, I do not recall ever locking a door - all
through my teenage years I do not recall even having a key!
Surely Old-Timer's Disease must have snatched away my memory, because I have a hard
time believing this is accurate.
I also recall feeling unthreatened on the NYC subway at night. Travelling at night,
as a young person alone. Walking home through the dark streets at night, alone. Not
frightened. Enjoying the dark, enjoying how the streets and lights looked.
I have a picture on my wall, Edward Steichen's photo of the FlatIron Building.
Even though it's half a century too soon, it reminds me of the city of my childhood.
And there's no threat there.
Where I live now, some folks still do not lock their doors. Mostly those are old
folks, ones who grew up here, and their memory and practice is of no keys - no
I'm not that way any longer. :(
We've lost something. Something I think was quite valuable. I have no idea how we
could go about getting it back.
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