There’s a nostalgia that the world and/or country was a better place decades ago. There’s a thought and potentially a belief that we lived in some kind of Xanadu, free from the meanness and ugliness. We might feel like we were a more polite and kind society, where we respected others and treated people with compassion, care and empathy while milk was delivered to our doorsteps each morning.

That characterization is just a 1950s television show. Scientifically, the only thing that was better was the fact that the polar ice caps weren’t melting yet.

The underlying message of the nostalgia from those wishing we could go back is really a warning that there was a time when not everyone had rights, and they’d like to go back to that time, please and thank you.

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Michael Ogden

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