"The Good Old Days"
Do you ever stop and think about the “good old days” and wish you could just go back?
What do you remember most fondly from your youth? Or what do you read about online or in history books and wish still existed? The elegance of Victorian fashion? The jazz and glamor of the Roaring Twenties? How about the clean-cut, simpler days of the ’50s? Or maybe you’d give anything to go back to a time before everyone was obsessed with their darned cell phone.
It’s been said (and sung) that everything looks better in hindsight, which is often true. What is it about graduation goggles that makes everything seem rosy and bright even as we knowingly ignore the dingy details and darker truths? Though we only ever live in the present, it always seems like it’s the past we look back on happily or the future we look forward to eagerly— can’t we just live in the moment?
Well if you’re one of the many who wishes they could go back and relive their “glory days” or go even further back in time, you might enjoy these harsher realizations. People were asked what we look back on fondly that only seems so great because of nostalgia. Turns out the past might have stunk just as much as we think the present does.
“As a mechanic, ’50’s cars. They look good, but mechanically, suuuuuucked. No performance to speak of, much less keeping up with freeway traffic. Adjusting points is an absolute bear, constantly checking oil, and hoping that smell doesn’t mean you have to open up that goddamn carb again.” (TheCoyoteBlack)
“Solution: Make a car with todays car tech, but a 50’s body.
I’m gonna make millions!” (Shaggyninja)
“Not having cell phones.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m plastered to mine and I f*cking hate it, but then again, we also have literally the collected sum of human in knowledge available at our fingertips, any time, most anywhere. If we are in trouble, we don’t hope someone shows up before something goes really wrong, we call the police and they geolocate us to within 3 feet. If we see something beautiful, most cells these days have VERY good cameras on them (the one I’m using even out-shoots one of my handheld cameras). If I forget a file at home, I don’t have to turn around and go back: I can pull up a cloud save anywhere I want to.
Do I wish sometimes that people would put their phones away and talk to me? Yup. Would I go back to not having one? Absolutely not.” (Masterpass)
Life Before the Internet
“I honestly do not understand how anyone with the internet can pine for a time before the internet. It baffles me. It fills me with the creeping dread that I don’t belong to the same species as these people who look roughly the same as me. Anything totally cool from history? Would’ve been cooler with the internet.” (frogandbanjo)
“The Crusades but with hackers and computer simulations of outcomes
Alexander Graham Bell on Facebook bragging about the telephone (for the irony)
Luther’s 95 Theses sent in a spam email to everyone on the “Catholic” distribution list
Hitler’s sh*tposting being pulled up to discredit him during his campaign, stopping his rise to power from ever occurring
Dinosaurs sending each other dank memes and T-rex getting sad he can’t see the keyboard when he types
The 13 Colonies posting an online poll for what the new flag should be, and a d*ck and balls winning out” (20forlife)