Empty Days

Monday, February 09, 2004



What about the 60's?

Something glanced on Lead and Gold blog:
When all the boomers are dead, Lileks still won't get to see the era clearly. Sixties nostalgia isn't a generational thing; it is also political. If you are anti-military today, you think it is really cool that 500,000 people once marched on the Pentagon. There are millions of boomers who never thought it was cool then.
Very true. But that goes for history in general - the idea we have of WWII or any other "period" is far removed from how individuals actually experienced it at the time. Basically, our view of past history is cartoonish at best. If somebody were to ask how I lived the 80's I certainly wouldn't come up with yuppie or punk stories. Nops - those were flashy bits I barely noticed.

I once asked my mother how she remembered the 60's. Sure enough, it wasn't *at all* what I imagined it to be. That was sobering - and refreshing.





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