Is Nostalgia A Bad Thing? What do you think?
The other week, I got some thrift items from a friend and in there was a ton of old magazines, these were from the late 40s and early 1950s and a set as well from the 1980s. One can see within these magazines, the booming American economy, the long list of businesses, most of all which are now defunct or sent overseas, and within the 1980s magazines, the sheer multitude of items, that the far more common disposable income was meant to be used on. If you think those people are crazy who say that America is now a dying empire, that overextended itself and who say the American Depression 2.0 is just a myth, then go take a look at the past and COMPARE. And I am not saying compare the economic factors or the physical structures, or the art, fashion, furniture of the time but the writing, the thoughts, the outlooks.
One odd thing I noticed was far more mentions of God. I also noticed a different outlook towards one's fellow man, more of a caring about what became of them. Sure sin and evil existed then, but if anyone of you still watch TV, and catch an old TV show, even on Happy Days into the 1970s, Richie Cunningham tried to do what was "right or moral" on occasion, you just do not see that anymore. Now its all about 'getting over' on people. The central focus in relationships has departed from connection and love of fellow man but power, dominance and control. To me this is one of the biggest changes. I see it in the false Christian world, where do you think the control freak covenant writing pastors are arising from? They have embraced this mode of being.
Many of us are old enough to remember "how things used to be" and perhaps some of you are like me and have that growing dread inside for so many rapid changes happening that are not good. Yes there were plenty of problems in the old days, but do you even feel like the 1970s and 1980s given their severe social problems were far "lighter" then what is happening today? I sure do. Perhaps you have even felt grief and wondered to yourself about the possible delusions that can lie in nostalgia. But you know something is giving way, and it cannot be denied. Remember they slowly boil frogs in the pot. Some of you may even have been around people and felt that unhappy feeling, that they are going with this flow, and very few are "seeing" what is happening.
The world was still a wicked place then, and materialistic, but one thing I found myself thinking even in the 1950s magazines and despite their own troubles of nuclear annihilation and the Cold War, was there seemed to more of an appreciation of beauty then. It was an odd thought I had, as I found myself thinking, "We have grown into a far more stripped down and utilitarian future" but then I thought to myself, "What on earth are you thinking, they just had WWII where millions of people died!"
Do you find my interest in the past strange? However nostalgia can be a false path. I've warned myself about the Dominionist types who idealize the 1800s and Victorian era. They do have a nugget of truth about things deteriorating but have gone to a fictional past. Hasn't those like Chris Pinto and pals fallen for a false idealized past that they "sell" to the masses?. Has anyone thought about these things? I have to be careful MYSELF about having rose-colored glasses about the past.
I found this warning in the Bible about nostalgia, and it's dangers when writing this article, and know I need to remember this scripture.....
Ecc 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
It seems to me the Bible is warning don't long too much for the good old days. I suppose that can be a trap too. It's definitely one I have to be mindful of personally. Any thoughts?