Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Good Ole' Days?

The "good ole days". We have all heard that phrase thousands of times in our lives. People will often hearken back to the good old days, when everything was peachy keen and when all was right in the world.

When the world is filled with as much chaos as it's filled with today, it's easy to get caught up in the mindset that everything used to be better. But when we really think about 50 years ago, who were they the good ole days for? They certainly weren't the good ole days for certain people in our society.
I often hear the claim that people were more morally upstanding in the good ole days. I strongly disagree with that. There have been immoral people since the beginning of time, it's just that 50 years ago we didn't have 1000 different forms of media to expose it all. 

Sure, things may have been simpler 50 years ago, but simpler does not mean better. The two words are not even remotely synonymous

50 years ago, the National Guard had to be called in to several states in the south just so that African-Americans could vote without being harassed. The National Guard had to be called in to make sure little black kids could go to school. 

Do those really sound like good ole days?

Perhaps this is the natural human condition of romanticizing the past. Whenever we look back at the past, it seems like we always think about the good and conveniently forget the not so good.

Do you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this? What do you think when you hear people talk about the good ole days and the way things used to be?