shocking new study (by UK-US-tobacco industry): youth would like to live in the “good old past”
When wars were far away…
When marlboro man could ride smoking through TV and cinema landscapes (a Cinema was a place where people came together to PAY for a movie and watch it together with others. Corona killed ’em)… sure… “glorious” days.
Behind this “world view” MIGHT be a very important feature of the nature of the human brain itself: to forget, what is bad, to cherish what was good.
If it would be the other way around… everyone would die of depression within months.
To forget all the bad that happened (e.g. Vietnam war happened in the “good old” days of the 1960s with “good old” (massively corrupt) US presidents as Kennedy (1961, killed, because not corrupt enough), Johnson (1963), Nixon (1969), Reagan (1981), Bush Senior (1989)…
“When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion had been greater in the past.”
“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different, because in dire situations, without working together, nobody would have survived in the past.
Going back to the stone age: When someone was expelled from the group… it meant (almost) sure death.
Now is a different story, with laws by democracies ensure capitalism maximum freedoms (in principal good but often recklessly abused for profit as in the case of Amazon paying ZERO taxes), but at the same time, the system “forgets” about fostering solidarity, that this does not happen by itself, allowing and even rewarding individuals to be maximal egoistic (bad) and thus resulting in whole nations living maximal alone.
The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay higher taxes than Jeff Bezos… as simple as that…
This is not just massively unfair towards ANYONE paying taxes in Europe (self employed are asked to pay 40% taxes on income, employed income tax depends on “tax class”), it is also damaging democracy, because it shows how injustice happens in front of EVERYONE’s eyes and democracies are UNABLE to do anything about it? (I look at you Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland).
“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different… “When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion(group solidarity) had been greater in the past.” Yes, because you can’t survive in a crisis/hardship without cohesion. The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay high taxes Amazon does not pay taxes…
Also, the current system is not made for people, but by money (the top 1%) for money (the top 1%)
otherwise we would now have the 1 day week, if you do not believe me, check out Prof Dr Christian Kreiß
By the way, also a very interesting observation in the East/GDR: due to the reunification, the Ossis have become more unequal (some now drive fat BMWs instead of Trabbi and others just drive…. nothing…) CURIOUSLY, this now ensures that former neighbors who got along well back then… now don’t talk a word to each other… Also bad for the better off BMW driver, who is very sad about this fact.
crisis as opportunity for change: time does not run backwards, only one way: forward in creative ways
Trump & Putin, both try to dial back time to the glorious 1960s.
Where black people were not allowed to rent buildings and the Soviet Union could enslave large parts of Europe.
One of THE BIGGEST responsibilities of the older generations (those born before 2000) is, to ensure, that all young people born after 2000
ARE EDUCATED for a broad world view & sustainable survival on this pale blue dot Earth
the mindset of the youth should be: IF YOU DON’T DO IT, NO ONE WILL
SEE THE WORLD: give them cheap travel tickets around the world, so they can see the world from multiple angles… (one sided views are very dangerous traps)
EDUCATE, ENABLE & SHOW (FIRST HAND) THE YOUTH THEIR OPPORTUNITIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THEMSELVES BUT ALSO FOR THE BETTER OF ALL CONSCIOUS LIFE
this can mean for the elderly to give up powers, privileges and possessions BEFORE DEATH at the age of 100
SWITCH OFF THAT VIOLENCE ON TV, IT WILL INHIBIT THE BRAIN TO THINK CLEARLY! (but goes into flight or fight mode)