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Quoting: Marie Drew
Some look back at these times and the years folllowing with nostalgia but would we really like to live this way again?. †I doubt it. †For all the liberal ideas which many believe currently, are detrimental to our lives, we now live in a very materialistic, affluent world with technological and health care advances enabling a standard of living which our parents and grandparents would have found beyond belief.
Would we like to live that way again?
Possibly not, but then that isn’t the point of the thread is it!
I had a wonderful family gathering for my birthday on Thursday of this week, my 72nd, and there is a good deal of satisfaction in it for me that all of our three children, all born in New Zealand, have produced such wonderful families without any of deprivations we had. They were all born in a proper hospital for a start;I was born in the front room!
I wouldn’t have thought that all this nostalgia had any bearing whatsoever on the world of today, and let’s be honest, while there have indeed been all the advances you mention, there is much that is most definitely not an improvement on the past.
Once a standard is allowed to slip, then it is usually irretrievable, and boy, have standards slipped in the last fifty years ago. What is generally acceptable as normal today would never have entered our heads as being such, and I would argue that the world we live in might have better standards, but they’re most certainly not higher!