The good old days

I often hear people wistfully talking about the need to return to the “good old days” when life was more simple. Sounds good and I am sure that in those supposedly idyllic times there were some wonderful components. However, there were also societal barriers to many groups that prevented full participation in what we call the”American Dream”.People of color had all sorts of obstacles and women experienced the glass ceilings while sexual preference was considered immoral and at times illegal. We are far from perfect but so many of those barriers have fallen or at least be severely weakened.It is true that today life is more complex, but it is equally true that there has been tremendous growth and a willingness to visit the prejudices of what some still believe were the “good old days. “There are still miles to go ,but someday I believe that we will recognize that these are the real “good old days.”

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