Are we moving forward or backward? We all see the past through rose tinted glasses on an individual level (or at least many of us do) but I think doing so as a society is a fairly recent phenomenon. I mean did the people who came of age just after penicilan had been invented look back and long for the ravages of epidemics?
I don't know, I just think that nostalgia's more common now than it used to be and that just might be because things have stopped getting better. I mean this is probably somewhat selective, I assume that people of African American descent don't long for the Jim Crow laws of the 1950s, but that doesn't make the nostalgia invalid. There are certain aspects of life which are most assuredly better now. Things are MORE equal than they were then, medical technology has advanced, we're probably less likely to blow the world up than we were. Yada Yada. But How about the things that have gotten so much worse? Pollution has been skyrocketing, education seems to be down for the count, and objective morality is the only dirty word left in the pillaged english vocabulary. Is this just stupidity on my part? False vision of a dirtier than it looks in retrospect past? I'm not so sure. Somewhere along the line tolerance of bad things, not by itself bad, became advocation of them. Stoning adulterers is barbaric, but isn't encouraging them because it's "A valid expression of their opressed feminine sexuality" equally barbaric? Yeah it's a point I harp on endlessly but it BAFFLES me. How did we get to the point where encouraging sluts hobos layabouts criminals drug users poor people and antisocial jerks to be "Sexually free" "Free From The Shelter Hegemony" "Alternative Workers" "Victims of Social Injustice" "People with Substance Problems" "The Disenfranchised" and "Progressives" seemed like a good idea. And I include poor people not because I think they are bad like the others are but because encouraging them to remain poor is just as destructive. Poor people should strive for more and more should be expected of them.
I don't know, we seem to coddle just about everyone these days and refuse to say what we really think for fear of offending some tiny vocal minority of whiners and faux activists. And I long for the days when there were objective standards and expectations and we didn't let the importance of alternative views turn into the hegemonic domination of them. When conservatives complain that every college professor is essentially a liberal evangelist they really aren't all that wrong. And the sad thing is that the best professors are those who allow a bit of sanity to creep into their teaching. Who aren't afraid to hold students to high standards and to speak of taboo concepts like immorality and personal responsibility. Look freedom is essential and deviance and dissension make a society vital and strong. But we've passed the line of healthy dissent LONG ago and are spiraling into god doesn't know where (God isn't allowed to view official records anymore. He's Persona Non-Grata)
Abortion is not a good thing. Sex with strangers is reprehensible and harmful. Breaking up a relatively healthy household that has children in it because of what YOU want is morally repugnant. Education should involve more facts than opinions. Stiffling right wing views is unconscionable. Complacency is inexusable. Moral Relativism and excuse making for evil people is the height of arrogance. And if people can't handle secular morality we desperatly need Jesus, or whoever can right our toppling ship, back in our lives and maybe even our schools.