Last weekend, I watched the movie, “Midnight in Paris” where the protagonist played by Owen Wilson moves back and forth in time while he is in Paris vacationing with his fiancee’ (Rachel MacAdams). He has a nostalgia for the life in Paris in the 1920’s. He considers that period the Golden Age of all times in history and he gets a chance to see it at the stroke of midnight.
Later in the movie, Owen Wilson comes to a realization that there is no time like the present time. I have come across this nostalgia multiple times, more so in sports writing. For example, I have read that the era of Larry Bird & Magic Johnson was the best era of basketball. Though this example may be true but the idea is that some people always seem to have a fondness for old times.
There could be many reasons why the fondness for old times exists. Things may have been simpler, life may have been fun and relationships may have been strong. Whatever maybe the reason, the nostalgia for days gone by, remains.
Personally, I prefer the present. The advances in technology and in everyday life amazes me so much that I prefer the present times. With this mindset when I look back and compare the life of today’s middle class folks to yesterday’s royalty then I feel that today’s middle class folks are better off. Let me explain.
If you go back to any time before the 18th century and compare the lifestyle of royalty to the lifestyle of the middle class folks in 21st century America, you can see that the middle class of today have a better life than the royalty of any pre-18th century era.
Take food, clothing, dwellings, travel, medical facilities, entertainment, sports and even spirituality. We have more choice, more variety and richer lifestyles now than ever. The standard of living has gone up so much in the past 200 years that IMHO, we are living richer lives than the royalty of olden days.
Isn’t it fun and exciting to be in the present times? What do you think?