The Good Ole Days
The FFA Creed
Remember When: Fill in with one word
A walk down memory lane for a 1980’s born, 1990’s raised, 2000’s adulthood person.
Were they really all that better?
This verse looks through time in the opposite direction: life was not any easier in the past. In a sense, these two thoughts are related because fond memories of yesterday open one’s mind to at least the theoretical possibility of good times tomorrow. All the human race has to do, so the thinking runs, is to reclaim what was beautiful about the past; no new inventions are needed. However, it is all too feeble to found one’s hopes for the future upon dim recollections and a fuzzy memory of history. The past had more than enough afflictions, as will the future!
Some say the past was better, others say the future will be better, but both schools of thought share a common idea: they both assume that today is the worst of all possible days. After all, it is strangely therapeutic to be able to say, “I have suffered more than anyone ever has or ever will.” A person may derive some comfort from such a martyr complex because it is his mark of distinction among the masses, even his badge of honor. Consider, for example, the person who lived through the Depression and will let no one ever forget, including himself. But this verse says in effect: “Not only do you suffer, every other inhabitant of this world endures suffering of his own. People suffered in the past, and they will suffer in the future—just like you.”