Are any of you older readers longing for the good ol’ days like me – when life was simpler? President Reagan said of America, “it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity” and a shining beacon of freedom and peace. My childhood surroundings in the 50s were pretty much like Opie’s in Andy of Mayberry. We were not well-off financially, but we worked hard together and family was very important.
(Generally) a man’s word was his bond; a handshake was honored; neighbors looked out for each other’s children; the grocer would keep a tab if you were short; work ethic was rewarded; family farms abounded; schools were opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer; strong values were taught; ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ were expected; cost of living was low; legal, political, and medical ethics were more the norm; and churches and civic groups looked after the poor. Those of us that have lived our youth in America just 40 or 50 decades ago had a small window to enjoy one of the most freedom-loving times in history.
Today, it is hard to conceive going back to a quieter life because we cannot undo where our world has come (economically, electronically, educationally, and culturally), and for others of you, because you are too young to know what you are missing.