Living In The Past?
These days it sure seems like there’s a lot of people living in the past. Glory Days. Happier Times. Why? We’ll talk about it in Living-In-The-Past-Bob Davis Podcast 886.
Friends Have A Deep Conversation
One of the great things about friendship are the deeper conversation friends often have. Recently a good friend and I had a talk after dinner. The country is changing. There were regrets, a memories of a world that was maybe simpler and more predictable.
Obsession With The Past
Especially relevant is the question of when in life does this obsession with the past begin?
This Time Is The Best Time
I think we’re living in extraordinary times. Despite the difficulties I wake up every day excited about what’s going to happen next.
Where do you live in time?
Certainly children live in the now. Most adolescents probably live in the future. In contrast it seems like people start mentally residing in the past at some point in middle age.
When does the past become an obsession?
Because this is the time when the days are shortest maybe we have time for more reflection. It’s natural we would yearn for the traditions of a bygone age. But I have recently encountered some evidence that suggests we’re doing more than yearning for traditions. For instance…
First of all a Pew study was released recently which says most of us don’t trust the media. ‘Conservatives’ are much more likely to distrust the media than their so called ‘liberal’ counterparts.
YouTube Is My Bellwether
Second because I watch a lot of YouTube I come across some pretty weird stuff. Moreover my favorite genre are the people who predict the apocalypse.
Three Days Of Darkness
Recently I ran across a vein of gold when it comes to apocalypse videos on YouTube. The three days of darkness people. I’ll tell you all about it in Living-In-The-Past-Bob Davis Podcast 886. However sometimes I think those predicting the end of the world are really seeing their own world end.
A Preoccupation With Death For Boomers
Most noteworthy? We don’t usually want to talk about death but a preoccupation with it can begin pretty early in life. I wonder if the result of that is an increasing reliance on memories of an easier, simpler time.
Avoiding That Mindset
Finally I try to avoid that mindset. I really do think this is an amazing time. Even though we have many challenges today.
We Remember The Good
In conclusion the one truth about the past is, we generally remember only the good things.
Journey Through Time
Furthermore all of us alive today are on a journey together through time. Like a train trip. Some of us will have to get off the train before others. Also new people will get on as we get off. We all have a role to play on this trip, but eventually it dawns on us…No matter how much we might want to, we’re not driving the train.
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Living-In-The-Past-Bob Davis Podcast 886
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