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How Times Have Changed

william7244 Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 12:07 PM
As someone ten years your junior, I have seen the same erosion in civility. I rode public transportation to and from school, and rode many a day on the trolley standing while a pregnant lady rode in the seat I gave up for her. Neighbors watched and reported you misdeeds to your parents who meted out justice quickly and commensurate to the infraction. My father left the keys in the ignition of his car. We never locked a door. I believe that the bravery of men in my parents generation was a deterrent all in and of itself. I think we lost a lot, in quest of possessions. We were poor by today's standards, but wealthy in the things no amount of money can buy. Great article Professor Williams, as usual.
Steve of CA Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 3:17 PM
Leaving the keys in the ignition was something maybe done on farms but not in more populated areas when I was young in the 50s and 69s
Lars795 Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 12:24 PM
And having been raised in the 60's when we still had civility, and having been around the world, I can tell you it has changed the same as in the US. Of course I do take great enjoyment causing the older teens to move out of the way on the sidewalk that they think they own. usually they force others to go around them into the street. (and I am living in Germany)

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.

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