I often find myself contemplating the current times, wondering just how different they are from times of old. At first glance things today seem much
more serious, and sometimes it seems like some giant dark cloud hangs over society ready to unleash its fury at any moment. People talk about the
evil of the "right" and the "left", about revolution and civil war, about hate and doom. They talk about whole societies collapsing, and how it's
just around the corner.
Sometimes I think all this 'in your face' immediacy is a product of the Information Age, a product of the Internet and the instant gratification it
brings. And I often wonder if these things are new, or have things always been this way. There's no doubt society is continually changing, adapting
and evolving. To expect things to be the same as they were 50 years ago would be foolish, but are things really worse, or are they just
I find irony in a number of things I see today. As the world population grows, more people wind up occupying the same amount of real estate, and
people wind up closer together. But the closer people get physically the more distant they become inter-personally. Fifty years ago everyone knew
their neighbors for a mile in every direction. Now, people are more likely to be best friends with someone 10,000 miles away and not even know who
their next door neighbor is. Fifty years ago, when the phone rang, people would trip over themselves to answer it. Today, when the phone rings,
people start looking around for someone to sneer at.
When I was about 7 years old I used to worship yellow cake with chocolate frosting (especially the frosting!). Mom very rarely made it, and I
couldn't get enough of it. One day I rode my bike to the store and my friend and I decided to go in and buy some stuff. I took my couple bucks and
went and bought a tub of chocolate frosting. I got about 3/4 of the way done with that tub of frosting and realized it wasn't really all I'd hoped it
would be. In fact, I was downright sick of it, and didn't eat yellow cake with chocolate frosting for a long time. You know, come to think of it,
society and chocolate frosting have a lot in common.
I still like yellow cake and chocolate frosting, but just not tubs of it at a time. In society today, due to things like the Internet and social
media, we are consuming 'tubs' of information, opinions, gossip, propaganda and all manner of other things. Sometimes I get sick of it, we all do,
just like too much chocolate frosting. But as I sit here and look back, the more things have changed, the more they have stayed the same, just
And I wonder...how different is it really??
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