industrial revolution - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
Since the birth of the industrial revolution, when Victorian workers were living often twenty or more to a single house, entire families living in single rooms of about ten by twelve feet, and sewage ran through the narrow streets, lower standards for workers meant more money for owners. Lower morality translated to higher profits. Regulations in modern times have only shifted the depraved living conditions and abuses from one country to another. In this new era we have the ability to ensure all are fed, housed and cared for, given liberty, a chance to heal and be happy. No more the half-smiles of the greedy, the condescending attitudes to those in deep trauma for generations. Now is the time for love to win and the brutality to end globally. No more, "All against all;" it is time for, "One for all, and all for one."
The industrial revolution broke the ordinary British in body and spirit, working even children fourteen or sixteen hours per day. They were underfed, developed spinal injuries and deaths in the workplace was common. It was greed with indifference to others at its very inception and thus was born the industrialised world - greed barely restrained by laws that breaks the workers in body, soul and psychology daily, bringing early death, depression and a reduced capacity to enjoy living or be a proper parent. Social evolution that pays attention to who we are as a species, how we can heal, love and cooperate can build us a new system and let us do away with this outdated Victorian "combustion engine" of a system in which we are the fuel. Perhaps then we can stop the pollution, empty the prisons and find good health.
The brunt of the industrial revolution was born by the workers of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, though the hardships soon spread. The factories were mostly female and child workers, grinding from twelve to sixteen hours a day in factories. They were starving, sickly and died young, often horrifically. Though it is true to say the overseers were male, those who made them work and took money from their wages for trumped up faults, the men of the era faired no better than the women. The fathers too died young from overwork and starvation induced illness. The dressmakers aged fourteen to twenty could toil sixteen hours to make a single necktie. Children toiled and died in factories to make the lace the "ladies" wore for fashion. And this industrial revolution was revolting and rotten to its core, it still is if we dare to look closer.