reply to post by Helious
Heilous I want to respond to your "What in the hell has happened to this country? Where did we go wrong, when did we take a left instead of a
i think if we look back in history we can see things change as much as they stay the same. the 1950's had a different climate and society; it was big
and bold when Marlon Brando wore the white t-shirt and leather jacket in the movie. the tolerance of some things in society was poor, the media
machine chugged along in the fashion of the day and people were entertained by fake families on TV programs.
public schools were lying to children, politicians were lying too, some joined the military while some worked in factories, etcetera. policemen got
angry and beat the hell out of thugs, and sometimes it was their personal feelings clouding their judgement.
if we back pedal 10 or 20 years at a clip we can see large similarities in the big picture. the rich always got richer, the taxpayer was too busy
working and painting the house on vacation to stay on top of everyday issues in the political arena, and people were being entertained by whatever was
in fashion or what technology allowed at the time.
as we progress forward it's the same way. school children of the 60's grew up and found out they were lied to, politicians lied too, the average
parent was too busy juggling working, child raising and chores to have much time to pay attention to anything else. changes come about slowly in
technology, society, world events.
along the way there are some large events that shape opinions, change the level of peoples tolerance, Marlon Brando was growing older and the Beatles
horrified parents with upbeat pop music and hair that went past their ears. young people got on older peoples nerves, older people longed for the good
things change, usually slowly. over time it adds up. there are always scandals and injustice, people grumbling about prices, those who have the wealth
and power make sure they get more of the same.
with the threshold we stand upon today it is more demanding than ever to take it all in. our exposure is simply incredible, we have nearly instant
input on all sorts of events and situations from around the globe. life today is overwhelming. we've run the gamut on everything it seems; few
boundaries exist these days.
increase of population means more wealthy, more working class folks, more people in poverty.
the field of entertainment in movies has gone from the days of B&W war films, drama, detective/film noir, suspense and classic horror to the wildest
full-color effects-laden science fiction, raunchy adult films, splatter-filled blood & guts madness replaced horror -- in the quest to make profit and
make a name, good taste has fallen to the side quite often.
music has exploded incredibly from the 40's and 50's to what there is today. many forms of music has brought with it pop culture lifestyles and
fads. pretty girls with silken voices of the past have been replaced with jailbait of the month dressed provocatively, gyrating suggestively and
belting out lyrics that leave scant little to the imagination.
for good or bad values and morality has changed over time. a few years ago some were upset that schools were being integrated. today some are upset
that same sex marriage is being allowed to take place. there is always topics that make some rage while others applaud. these days we hear of this
news from countries all around the world as their cultures and mores come under fire.
i think it's a combination of information overload, constantly changing societal values, and the ongoing march of things as they always were (rich
get richer, politicians lie, control by government and religious factions etcetera) making up a big ball of confusion.
most of us are powerless to make one damn bit of difference and that is frustrating. nothing new there.
prices go up, taxes go up, not so much the paycheck. business as usual.
as the years go by and more people want their slice of the pie it takes a greater toll on all. mankind comes up with ways to provide for the needs and
wants and often things backfire. but it's not all gloom and doom, either. balance is very important in life. sometimes it's wise to just say frig it
and go camping or break open a bottle of scotch. we can't let that which we can't do get in the way of that which we can do. the fires have been
burning a very long time; sometimes it's wise to step back from the flames.