Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry…honestly, people can be so confusing. I have many different interests that have lead me to follow various avenues of study throughout my life, but one of my first loves, and the discipline that is listed on my BA is history. This has caused me to be an observer and commentator on human actions in both the recent and distant past, so I invite you to indulge me just a bit. I want to call your mind back to “the Good Old Days”. We’ve all heard about them. My parents lamented my generation. My generation scolds the “Millennials”. We all know what’s coming from them, we just haven’t slapped a label on the next generation yet. Certainly this phrase could be used today:
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room.”
How quickly we forget, and if you pay attention to Presidential politics today you might be tempted to think back to a day when things were so much more civil. But before you start your trek to yesteryear let me ask you to ponder some things. Is it odd that the people who defended the actions of JFK or Clinton now rail against Trump for moral issues (and before you start, I know that the issues are not exactly the same)? Is it odd that the moral high ground from the 90’s that saw prudish castigation for those same two womanizing Presidents has now turned to a “boys will be boys” attitude with the current candidate? Is it odd that some folks are aghast that the current administration would give money to Iran yet extol the administration in the 80’s that sold weapons to the same renegade country?
My point is that people have always had a tendency to spotlight the bad that suits them and label the virtue that strengthens their own positions. Not everyone does this all the time, but I would say that we all are guilty at times. Sometimes we want the grace that we are not willing to extend. Sometimes I want people to pay for what they’ve done, but I feel like I deserve another chance.
So let’s all take a deep breath and remember that these ARE the Good Old Days for someone. Oh, and by the way, that quote from above…Socrates in the 4th Century BC!
– Rise Up!!!