“The good old days” fallacy

Unfortunately nostalgia breeds breeds a “golden age” that we feel we are falling out of with every passing minute.

One thing to watch out for, both individually and as a society, is the impulse to disengage from everything new and everything now in favour of “the good old days”.

Whenever you catch yourself doing this, remember, there are no good old days. The stats depict life has steadily been getting better over time for individuals and society as a whole (*individuals collectively*).

“The good old days are just easier to “live” in and romanticise because they are over. There’s so much certainty in them. You already know what happens. You already know who’s who, what’s what, what means what and how the story “ends”.

The present demands that you engage with it and find comfort in not knowing the story (or how it ends).

And is that too much to ask for?

The honest answer is yes, but alas if you prefer living over complaining that’s the only chance you have.

Sooner or later you realise there are many institutions set up to solve this exact problem by selling you certainty packages. These range from schools, to universities to churches to private businesses etc…, but even the certainty packages they sell do not hold up against the force that is life.

Life demands that you engage with it as it is, uncertain.

I build software and occasionally have thoughts on non-software related subjects. https://dacod.co.za

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