Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Remember how much better things used to be?

Remember how much better things used to be when we were young? There was less crime and less corruption. It was safe to walk around at night. Kids were more respectful to their elders, and more, well, innocent.

The grass was greener, too.

Kids know more today than they did when we were growing up? They were saying that in a 1962 textbook called When You Marry. (Text selections and commentary found here.)

The world is going to Hell in handbasket, and there was so much less crime and corruption when we were younger? They've been saying that since at least 2800 B.C. (Smithsonian Magazine references the stone tablet as part of a list of apocalypses that didn't happen. Apparently people have been predicting the end of the world for just about as long as there have been people.)

So, um, yeah. Can we get over ourselves now?

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