And this ^^^^ is a very interesting comment
Younger generations have not experienced and cannot really understand how
the world has changed over the last (say) 50 years. A 20 year old person only
knows how life is now, and without anything to compare with, can only assume
that the world today is "normal".
Yet a 60 year old person can look back and make comparisons with how the
world was 20, 30 or 40 years ago. They can see what has changed... what got
better and what got worse. Their idea of "normal" will be quite different from
a younger person, because we form our impressions of the world and society
when we are young. If you spend any time talking to your parents and grandparents
about the "good old days", you will know what I mean
So, as expressed in the previous post, it is not logical to expect younger people
to think and act the same as an older generation. Each generation reflects
the standards and behavior of its era. So there is no reason to expect that
these forums will remain the same forever.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change
is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible
improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is
perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905-1906)
Unfortunately, we live in a world where change is disguised as improvement, and
progress means destroying the legacy of the past. As George Santayana expressed
it so elegantly 100 years ago; by ignoring the lessons of history we are doomed to
make the same mistakes over and over again. Anyone see a parallel between events
in the Middle East and the Crusades ?
Quiet morning here, so a little bit of homespun philosophy