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And they did something about it and the damn forests stopped dying and the crystal clear dead lakes started to have live fish, again. And the buildings and such stopped corroding quite so fast. And the paint on your pickup stopped fading and buckling.
What about taking the entire family down to the river to watch it burn? Precious memories gone forever!
I'd have to disagree there: we recycled bottles (1d deposit on each one!), cardboard boxes (no bags from the supermarket in those days - you packed your goods into boxes that the product arrived at the shop in).
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My mother had a wheeled box-like bag a bit like modern travelling luggage that we towed behind us to the supermarket (empty) and back home (full and wobbly). If you said "shopping bag", that's what came to mind.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
I could play outside for hours with friends or on my own. I put thousands of miles on my bicycle, sometimes going 50 miles away from home just to see the countryside and get fresh air - often with my elder brother but later entirely by myself or with a couple of friends. My mother didn't seem to worry as long as I made it home for meals. We had no TV until I was 10 and that was rented especially to watch the moon landing.
A stick made a great toy. Now it has to be something named and marketed as something "cool". D&D came along when I was in college (pen and paper only; there were only two rule books). AD&D came later.
I wasn't restricted in my internet use because home computers didn't exist and neither did the internet! Computers were large things with spinning tapes and banks of flashing lights (in the movies only).
Men had not yet walked on the moon but I looked forward to my chance to work on one of the many future moon-bases! I *knew* that when I grew up I would have my own flying car and/or possibly a personal jet-pack to get around in.
I could go on for hundreds of pages about the differences...
Was it better back then? Hmmm.... Not sure, really.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Playing outside all day, with friends, and no "play dates". Parent's not worrying where we were. Neighbors sitting in front of their houses (or in apartments, downstairs) - and you can just visit someone without an appointment. Playing baseball using sewers and manholes as bases, taping up a worn ball with electricians tape because we didn't have money to buy a new one.
But, then, those good times were "for us" - lots of people in those time were treated really badly for no fault of their own - just being born the wrong type.
Belief in the American Ideals and, by extension, American exceptionalism. For the most part, we believed that everyone had a right to their opinion, good, bad or just plain ugly.
"I may hate what you say, but I will defend your right to say it."
I found this especially true on the college campuses in New York City, where I did my undergraduate studies. You could attend lectures by visiting luminaries expressing all sorts of ideas at Columbia, Cooper Union, or Brooklyn College, free of charge.
Reading through my college essays, including the political science ones, I came to realize that my personal politics have not changed much over the ensuing decades, but the opinions expressed on my children's college campuses are so far the the left, now, that I almost look like a flaming reactionary. Today, protests erupt every time a centerist or mildly right-of-center speaker is scheduled to speak. I keep telling my children that college is your time to listen to other peoples ideas, weigh them, keep what makes sense and discard the rest. From this, will arise your unique political point of view and philosophy on life. You must chose for yourselves; do not let "professors" force-feed you theirs.
Another big area is food. When I was growing up, meat and canned goods came from the store and vegetables came from the garden. It was not quite rural any more, but it had not yet become suburbia.
As my children were growing up, meat comes from the pasture, vegetables from the garden (when we can keep the goats out) and bread, rolls, cake and pie come from the oven - we buy flour and sugar in 25# bags. My wife and I both feel that country living is better for children than urban or suburban living and now own, operate and live on a ranch in Texas.
I was born in 1978, and I think my generation had the best childhood ever.
We had enough "technology" to help everyday life be handled easily, but not enough that it took that much place in our lives. 3 TV channeles, having to wait to see the next episode, no internet to give you immediate and sometimes questionable answers to anything.
If you needed toothpaste or anything, there were only 3 or 4 possibilities in the supermarket, and not 50 like today, and that was plenty sufficient.
There were not enough cars on the road for preventing playing in the street.
You were safe outside of your house, and parents did not have to worry about where you were.
With the standard average salary, you could have enough to live, spare a little bit for extras, go in vacation once a year.
I had real friends, I could show up any time in the day by them and we would go outside and play. I had 47% chance of falling on my crush's father when I phoned her. People were polite. We showed teachers respect. Streets were cleaned by people themselves. We had great music aired. Radio and papers were a real thing and not kept artificially alive like today.
Well, the list is long. I believe that my children are part of the first generation who will have worse living conditions than the previous generation. I consider myself super lucky, I grew up with not that much money but enough to enjoy life, in a peaceful country, with no stress and no pollution. This are already things I am unable to provide my children with.
Good ol' boys can't beat up their wives, children, ethnics or gays no matter how drunk they are.
Nor can police officers.
They can't even beat up each other (without commenting on whether that is good or not.)
Kids are not allowed much less encouraged to beat up other children as a spectator sport.
Cars have seat belts and no open alcohol.
(Presumably) priests are no longer allowed to abuse children either sexually or physically with impunity.
Kids actually have the real possibility of learning something on their own. If they have the interest the possibility exists that they can at least find out what is involved rather than being entirely reliant on what their parents might know.
They actually understand that children can have mental issues outside of the categories of broken and criminal.
Childhood leukemia is survivable. Probably quite a few others childhood diseases as well.
Really vast array of different types of food and food preparation which is available now and not then. Back then bananas were something that only showed up at certain times of year. In my mothers time even oranges, grapefruit (citrus of any kind) only showed up once a year for a very limited time. I can name ethnic food types that I like and those that I do not like and those were not even in the lexicon of discussion when I was young.
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