Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nostalgia Trend

Why are the 50's, 60's and 70's so influential on our society now? Why are we so nostalgic? Nostalgia is defined as 'a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time'. Were we as a society happier in the 50's, 60's and 70's than we are now? Over the weekend I went to the movies with my girlfriends to see 'The Help'. I loved the movie and the message it has, but I can't imagine that people were happier then, at least not in retrospect. Each decade has its high moments and its low ones, and we can learn from what we've experienced. Maybe it's the voyeur in us that wants to peer into the past in order to make sense of where we are now. I think as we continue to simplify our lives we will continue to look back to what we think were simpler times for our courage and inspiration. The 50's were a time when America was prospering and creating new opportunities. The 60's were a time of rebellion and youth culture trying their wings, flapping against tradition and the paradigms of society. And the 70's was a time of self awareness and self empowerment, inspiring creativity and freedom. Like it or not we are all connected through technology and time, past and present. It truly is a small world.

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