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How Times Have Changed

Lars795 Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 12:38 PM
I too have seen most of the old movies, and what is your definition of old? But the vast majority were not poor quality but were as they were meant to be, entertaining. Recently so many movies that the "critics" say are thumbs up they only like because they teach or have some "great" moral theme (that most folk do not care about or want to have preached to them). And I have taken several years of film appreciation courses as part of my degree.

Having been born in 1936 has allowed me to witness both societal progress and retrogression. High on the list of things made better in our society are the great gains in civil liberties and economic opportunities, especially for racial minorities and women. People who are now deemed poor have a level of material wealth that would have been a pipe dream to yesteryear's poor. But despite the fact that today's Americans have achieved an unprecedented level of prosperity, we have become spiritually and morally impoverished compared with our ancestors.

Years ago, spending beyond one's means was considered a character defect. Today...