Simpler Times

by on January 10, 2010 at 10:49 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

Great clip from The Daily Show – slightly long but the ending is deep, true and psychologically astute.

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1 efp January 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

Every time I see a clip of one of those bozos I … *sniff* .. I fear for America.

When I was a kid, if you wanted to make a living praying on people’s ignorance and prejudice, you had to go to seminary school.

2 anon January 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

Ai yi yi yi yi.

Today is much better, for me, and for my children and grandchildren. And I haven’t been 6 for a LONG time.

I fear for America when I see Beck, Olbermann, Bush, Obama, et al. Thank goodness the political and pundit classes in this country are so stupid, or we’d REALLY be in trouble.

3 AC January 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Amusing that the female commentator is only capable of looking at the narrow tribalistic interests of women, etc.

4 Ted January 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Interesting (and revealing!) sneer and display of revulsion about children playing outside and climbing poles. (“cheap toys”)

There’s nothing cheap about living in a society where ordinary children are free (or as John Derbyshire likes to point out – encouraged) to play and run around outdoors unsupervised.

5 Sonic Charmer January 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

It’s interesting how the romanticized-childhood tendency seems to fall neatly across lefty-righty lines. I guess it’s a true and astute observation indeed that these righty commentators are all romanticizing their own childhoods, and one doesn’t really see lefties doing this that often.

I wonder if it’s because lefties are essentially people who didn’t enjoy their own childhood? Or they did enjoy it, but (unlike the Hannitys of the world) feel guilty about that?

6 Donald A. Coffin January 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm

This is from Len Dieghton’s The Billion Dollar Brain (published in 1966):
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“You’re not talking about socialism,” I said. “”You’re talking about youth. You’re not regretting the passing of the ideals of your boyhood, you’re regretting the passing of your boyhood itself.”

“Perhaps you are right,” said Stok.

“I am,” I said. “Everything that has happened to me in the last few weeks has been due to this sad envy and admiration that old age has for [its] youth.”
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I suspect it’s been like this for millenia.

7 zz January 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

This idealization has nothing to do with idealogy; liberals just idealize their 16-22 years and conservatives idealized their 4-10 years.

Really, don’t you think this video would also work if it was a parody of the average liberal commentator’s failure to let go of the shallow idealism they had as a college freshman?

8 Nylund January 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

To paraphrase Bertrand Russell, a dumb person cannot explain the thoughts of an intelligent person because they first must be interpreted and internalized by the dumb mind incapable of entirely understanding the thought.

A similar analogy can be made regarding the thoughts of a child who does not have a fully developed adult brain. Although a child may indeed have a simpler life, one cannot overlook the fact that children are seeing the world through a brain that is not entirely developed. The thing that may be simpler may not be the era, but rather the brain itself.

If you recognize that this physiological change occurred, you’re less like to feel overly nostalgic for that time. If you truly do, don’t worry, there are a slew of conditions that may affect your brain as you get older that may help bring you back to that simpler mental state. Of course, none of this will change reality, just how you perceive it. Then again, what is reality other than what you perceive it to be?

These three clowns share their perceptions on a daily basis, but I feel sorry for anyone who thinks there are any true insights to be gleamed from their simplistic and rambling condemnations.

9 Lonely Libertarian January 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

This video is so sad – and so John Stuart – oops – Jon Stewart…

For those of you who think Beck and Hannity et al are morons – the society that you want has us getting to the airport 4 hours ahead of our flight time and shedding our shoes to get to our flight and treating folks who could not even get a job at McDonalds as “Security Officers”…

This had truly become a nation of sheep – something JS thinks is good – and I abhor…

10 JWill January 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Wow, this post rely brought out the tea partiers. The comments sort of bely the claim that MR’s commenters are the best evah…

11 Kailer January 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Can’t get it in Canada, anyone know when this episode aired?

12 NateS January 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2009/02/nostalgianomics.html

Almost a year old. I guess most ideas are cyclical.

13 William January 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Wow, this post rely brought out the tea partiers This made me lol. The silly and hyperbolic John Stewart hate is amusing as well.

14 zbicyclist January 10, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Nostalgia’s not what it used to be.

15 Ryan January 11, 2010 at 1:34 am

I think there is another reason why people long for the past other than experiencing it as a “simpler time” from a child’s perspective: certainty.

The present and future are rife with uncertainty (Will there be another terrorist attack? Will I lose my job? Will I outlive my savings? Will we be able to pay our medical bills? etc). I’m sure there has been some research in this area but I’m convinced (at least from my personal introspection) that the uncertainty of an adverse scenario is almost as bad as the scenario itself. Not to mention that there are thousands of these possible adverse scenarios that loom everyday. Looking to the past, people have the certainty of knowing how events panned out and are free of the worries that probably plagued them at the time.

16 Michelle January 11, 2010 at 8:41 am
17 josh January 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

What if the past always seems superior (culturally) because the United States actually is regressing. Of course, we have Ipods, so today must be the greatest time to be alive, ever.

18 Federal Loan Modification August 10, 2010 at 4:07 am

I guess it’s a true and astute observation indeed that these righty commentators are all romanticizing their own childhoods, and one doesn’t really see lefties doing this that often.

19 work from home jobs August 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

If you truly do, don’t worry, there are a slew of conditions that may affect your brain as you get older that may help bring you back to that simpler mental state. Of course, none of this will change reality, just how you perceive it.

20 Capital Gold Group August 19, 2010 at 8:29 am

If you truly do, don’t worry, there are a slew of conditions that may affect your brain as you get older that may help bring you back to that simpler mental state. Of course, none of this will change reality, just how you perceive it.

21 Cross Country Home Services August 26, 2010 at 3:06 am

I guess it’s a true and astute observation indeed that these righty commentators are all romanticizing their own childhoods, and one doesn’t really see lefties doing this that often.

22 Mike Aumiller August 28, 2010 at 4:42 am

This is a fantastic video – really shows the shallowness and narrow-mindedness of right-wing TV pundits. Things have never been better – thanks to free trade.

23 Brown Jordan Furniture September 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

i agree the video was great, nice post. thanks for sharing. Rob’s comments was really perfect and acceptable.

24 Sherry Barshaw September 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm

the video was nearly about 6 minutes but it made me thought for hours and hours, super post. thanks

25 cuckoo clocks September 25, 2010 at 5:19 am

If it’s because lefties are essentially people who didn’t enjoy their own childhood? Or they did enjoy it, but (unlike the Hannitys of the world) feel guilty about that?

26 Mykalai Kontilai October 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

Do you really think that one day America will lost?? I think people should grow up from this silly hypothetical movies and all stuff. All this is just rubbish..

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