Wednesday, October 30, 2013
An honest psychologist might say that "nostalgia" is a form of mental illness.
Looking back at the "good 'ol days" offers little profit.
Seems that everyone has selective memory when it comes to the "good 'ol days" - remembering only those things that are pleasant and/or flattering to one's particular worldview.
Sometimes we just get stuck in nostalgia, causing severe impairment of necessary critical thought.
Victims of racism cannot afford this luxury.
I imagine that every generation of "free born" black persons looks back at the previous generation as the good ol' days.
I think this is a mistake...there were no good 'ol days...they are a figment of the imagination.
Being a 70's child, I was told that the golden-era was the 60's.
Dare I list the number of known tragedies meted out directly against black and other non-white people in the late 50s and through the 60's?
Church bombings....and more church bombings...Martin...Malcolm...Vietnam...???
As noted, the 50's were not any better than the 60's, no more than the 40's were better than the 50's.
In some extreme cases, we even become nostalgic about times and places that we've never even personally experienced.
At some point there has to be the realization that we very often imagine/wished/hoped/dreamed things to better than they truly were in the "good 'ol days."
I'm trying to prevent myself from catching the nostalgia bug...because its paralyzing..
(to be continued)