posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 04:20 PM
This is a little off-topic.
I have noticed so many posts about the lost innocence of youth and "the good old days" when we all grew up. The "good old days" for the most part
were bad, bad, BAD!
Many of the new problems that keep popping up are variations of old ones. Herpes, AIDS, BSE, SARS, bird flu, flesh-eating disease,
antibiotic-resistant bacteria have largely replaced malaria, dysentery, smallpox, TB, VD, and polio. (And what of the Black Plague and the 1918 Flu?)
Degenerative disease such as cancer, heart attacks, Alzheimers are largely the result of more people living longer. Do we want to retun to the days
when Dad died at 45 from an accident in the coal mines (or at 55 from black-lung) rather than at 75 from cancer?
Innocence of youth? Don't make me laugh! For the most part, innocence meant forced ignorance and the "mushroom treatment", keep 'em in the dark
and feed 'em BS. BS about life, death, love, sex, God, family, country, and all that. It's hardly innocence when an 16-year-old girl seeks out an
illegal abortion to hide her pregnancy from tyrannical parents who never bother to teach her about sex. Alice Miller wrote a book about child abuse
called "Thou Shalt Not Be Aware", detailing the intellectual abuse of forced ignorance and stifled curiosity. Now there is actual public awareness
of family violence, child abuse, spouse abuse, elder abuse, incest, pedophilia, bullying, etc. If anything, all those problems not only existed in
the "good" old days but were more common and more damaging. It's just that the ostrich-headed conspiracy of silence kept people from
Granted there still is the same old BS floating around, plus new BS excreted by communists, Hollywood, and academic pseudo-intellectuals. Hollywood
has largely filled the propaganda vacuum left behind by the deflation of the mainstream churches. The closest thing to a Golden Age was the pre-1945
era where the general public had more respect for intelligence, creativity, and productivity; and where communism had not yet infected the
More people are thinking for themselves, now. There are still the hordes of "sheeple", but at least intelligent freethinkers have an easier time of
isolating themselves from the mainstream. Would something like ATS have been possible 10-50 years ago even if the technology was available?
How I prayed for such things as the Internet, home computers, homeschooling, special private gifted/indigo schools, neo-pagan bookstores, and the
concept of neuroatypicality when I was at the tender ago of eight!!!