Simpler Times

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

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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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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...

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

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

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

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

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

Nostalgia's not what it used to be.

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.

For Kailer, it aired on January 5.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-5-2010/even-better-than-the-real-thing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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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