Friday, June 15, 2012

Good Old Days

Now and then I'll hear someone engaging in nostalgia, pining for the good old days when things were less stressful.

The good old days they usually have in mind are the 1950's.

Well, I lived during the 1950's and things were not so great. Yes, life was less complicated, but it wasn't necessarily better.

In the 1950's, there were a lot of bad things in the shadows that have since come to light - racism, sexism, poverty, injustice. People died in the 1950's of diseases which can be cured today. People did not have air conditioning in those days. Can you imagine life in Houston without air conditioning?

Besides, it doesn't do any good to wish for the good old days. That water is long since under the bridge.

Here is a remarkable thought: today is the good old days people will talk about tomorrow.

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