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What “Good Old Days”

Every generation gets nostalgic about their generation. So many times you hear 50 somethings talking about how “in their day” things were so much better. “The village raised the child”, they say. “Anybody could beat us on the street if we misbehaved”, they say.

In reality though the good old days weren’t so good. The village would have done other things to children besides discipline and who knows how many cases of abuse went unreported. Non-whites were discriminated against and made to feel that they could not control their own destiny. People died of simple diseases especially young children because the vaccines we have now were not available.

So before we 30 somethings decry generation next about their passa passa music, lets remember too that we are being nostalgic about MC Hammer and Big Daddy Kane. After all its their time now.


January 9, 2009 - Posted by | Social


  1. Nostalgia often refers to a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, a sentimental yearning for the HAPPINESS of a former place or time.
    Well hopefully we 20 would have the opportunity to be nostalgic… after all that is good is being oozed away by car accidents , HIV/AIDS and now human trafficking…
    But whom am I to judge …after all evolution is fueled by crisis ” natural selection” … maybe when the red buzzer goes off do all the good flows and waters this dirt that is stunting growth causing the flowers of youthful life to wither and die

    Comment by Jaded | January 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. You have contradicted this post and agreed with it at the same time. You don’t think that you as a 20 something is experiencing a good generation so you may not be nostalgic like us 30, 40 and 50 somethings when you yourself become a 30 40 or 50 something. So you disagree with nostalgia but you conflict the theory that life is better now than it was then. You spoke of AIDS and premature deaths which contradicts the theory that vaccines have improved life expectancy. Excellent comment- the type I want to provoke from my visitors.

    Comment by kagedbird | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. ” the good old days” i cant really talk about it but all i know that the new age is good. in terms of technology and opportunities i like the new age.

    Comment by Ninette | January 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. At the end of the day we are living in the best era for mankind in terms of science and technology. I can appreciate why older people might feel that things are moving too fast for them. I am a young person who sometimes is amazed at how little children are such computer wizes.

    Comment by kagedbird | January 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. As a science oriented person …I am not too sure about being fond of the new age .
    Oh Yeah I must agree with the common fact that there are many achievements due to present technology. Not wanting to be too much of a pessimist today but we must come to realized that with all the good comes bad … The big question is Does the good out weigh the bad?

    Taking a look back at improved technologies and they what I like to call side effects..

    What is more apparent than the over population of the earth .. thanks to the achievements of modern medicine ..now our love ones live decades beyond there time . I call that a good

    The side effects of this is a trail of issues including food and shelter scarcity and the worst of all unemployment my number one issue

    These senior citizen .. I have nothing against all of them … but some just don’t know when to retire FULLY .. collecting government pension grants yet they still working …again occupying spaces where other persons can used to feed there families .. oh if I was pessimist I would say if it was not for modern medicine half of them would have died out and we would have these issues. I call this a bad

    This list could go on and on but again I repeat but whom am I to judge …after all evolution is fueled by crisis ” natural selection” … maybe when the red buzzer goes off do all the good flows and waters this dirt that is stunting growth causing the flowers of YOUTHFUL life to wither and die

    Comment by Jaded | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. The issue of pensioners going back into the public service is an issue here too. They suffocate the young who are coming up in the system. In countries such as the US and Britain, they elevate their young people. They are the technicians in national defense and health care.

    The increased life expectacy rate has reduced the ratio of contributing population to dependent population. If this continues and the retirement age is not increased then the pension systems of the world will crash.

    We are living longer today so we will have to come up with new ways to ensure that when we retire we are not a burden on the state.

    Comment by kagedbird | January 20, 2009 | Reply

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