The past is never where you think you left it." ~ Katherine Anne PorterHow many times in our life have we heard of how things “used to be”? I have always been fascinated by that – our romanticizing of the past. We always hear that things "used to be" better. People "used to be" happier. Society "used to be" less corrupt. What is the source of these declarations?
I’m not making a value judgment here. Perhaps there is some truth to these statements. But did things really used to be better? They certainly weren’t for certain segments of society.I can’t help but wonder if it’s simply a romanticizing of the past. We always look at the past through rose-colored glasses. Over time, our memories seem to exaggerate the good and minimize the bad.
We do the same thing with our personal lives as well.Why do you think we romanticize the past? Do you find yourself doing this?