It’s a saying you hear every parent and grandparent say just about every day. “It’s just not like the good old days”, and how true it is. It seems no world is as good as when that generation was growing up. Well, for one, of course it’s not.
When you’re growing up, things are fresh and new, and you have that feeling of self-discovery and wonder. After a time, it seems the only new things that pop up are negative things. Is it because we’re looking for anything new that we seem to latch onto the negative – or are we just driven in that direction? Perhaps it all depends on where you live too. I remember growing up in a not-too-big town that was built around a railroad yard (Laurel, MT), and back in the day, people weren’t too worried about locking their houses and car doors, kids stayed up late but knew to get home when the 9 o’ clock siren went off, and people actually got to know each other. If you live in a big city, you tend to have multiple locks on the house doors, alarm systems in the cars, and homeowners tend to have guns in their houses that are not used for hunting for food.
I think another part of it was the boom of the internet age. I think this soured more people than they would care to admit. Rather than waiting for things to happen, we demand it all happen NOW, and not a second later. Do we even know anyone who doesn’t own a cell phone these days? I guess you’re ancient if you don’t know how to operate one, and now it has to have text and Facebook access or it’s just not hip. I watched Danny on Counting Cars show off his cell phone, and was proud of the fact that it took calls, made calls, and that was about it!
Speaking of the “electronic leash”, it seems to be the expected norm that you DO have a cell phone, so that way anyone can get a hold of you – your school, bill collectors, nosy-bodies, and just about anyone else when all you want to do is disconnect and GET AWAY from everyone. Then again I should talk, because I have a blog online and tend to check Facebook more often than not. Yep….I’m just as corrupted as everyone else. It doesn’t make me as hip as the next person – only just as addicted to it.
It’s definitely not the world we knew. It’s a bit more in your face, which is pretty scary.