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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by afteryou, Jul 28, 2014.
There's a psychological bias, I forget what it's called, that makes us, for the most part, look at the past through rose-coloured glasses. We can't help it.
+1. I don't need smart phones and computers everywhere.
No, you didn't at all, but the topic could easily take on a political 'flavor' with a few pecks of the keyboard. But so far, so good.
After thinking about all the pros and cons, it all probably balances out.
When it comes to how we react to technology, I think Douglas Adams got it fairly right with his 3 rules:
Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
Similar rules for music might be:
What you listened to as a teenager was and still is GREAT.
Newer bands might be OK, at least if they sound as if they came from that era or earlier.
By default, whatever the youngsters listens to is cr-p.
When I was young we were promised silver suits, hover cars and holidays on the moon - along with the strong possibility of a new ice age.
I'm still waiting...
There never were any Good Old Days - apart from when we were idiot youths of course.
When there were more steps ahead of me then behind I could not wait to see what wonders the world would bring.
Now that there are far fewer steps ahead I look back with a sense of both longing and pride at what I have accomplished in life.
Just remember that "The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime"
Oh and to our young millennial poster, it is not that we think you are slackers, it is that we are jealous of what lays ahead for you and eager for you to go out and make some of those memories!
Oh and when the heck do I get to fly off into space ! ! ! ! !
The main thing that worries me about the future is climate change.
I believe the future is bright, but it's not the same as it was back in the day. Everything seemed brighter and bolder when I was young. Trueth is I am duller and diminished. My kids on the other hand, are smarter, bolder, more stable and more free than I was.
Ask yourself this question today and right the answer down. I bet you would answer differently 10 years from now.
It seems relative to whats going on in ones life at the time, as well. Happy=future is bright Sad= good old days.
Good topic though, maybe Merle Haggard can write a song about it. I try to be a positive guy, it makes for a happier life. So I guess I'm a "future is bright" guy.
I try to stay focused on the here and now, a solipsist's perspective if I understand it right.
I love much about the past but the future is exciting. I'd just like to be able to choose which of each I can embrace.
Some people like to imagine we come at the future like we are driving a car down a tunnel. Is see it sneaking up from behind and all we can see is what whizzes past us in our peripheral vision. What we gaze upon is the past.
Then there's the exponential rise in rates of heart disease and cancer in the modern world, the higher suicide rate, increase in allergies, significant rise in mental illnesses, epidemic of obesity and associated illnesses etc.
Swings and roundabouts.
One person's "good old days" was a nightmare to somebody else.
Which is why (I believe) so many folks - most of whom weren't even there - disliked "Inside Llewyn Davis".
The good old days are NOW.
"Remember when you could log onto the Internet, talk about Telecasters and philosophy? ...All while wearing cargo shorts!"
I just couldn't care about the cat.
Whether the future is bright or not depends nearly entirely on the sorts of people who are in it. I'm trying my best to raise the sorts of people who will make the future bright.