Spirit of the times
I was born just too late to be able to recall much of
anything, but envy and wistfull longing, about the great heydey of the road,
muscle cars, freedom, and all things automotive. Still, it was quite a time,
even for those of us locked into the role of the passive observer. This was
the world that the victors of the Second World War made for their children,
the baby boomers, and what a world it was!
Teh people of the forties and fifties were a rather trustworthy,
hardworking, respectable lot, and were treated accordingly. The result of
this was a very free and open society in the sixties.
- People got married a bit latter.
- The huge wartime industries became huge peacetime industries.
- There was an explosion of births (the post war baby boom).
- The Interstate system was built.
- Tax rates came way down, fueling a bustling economy.
We are a very odd, and in some ways self destructive species.
It seems that just when we have things pretty close to teh way we want them,
we have to go and muck it all up. This is sirt of like a child who spends
enless time, and patience setting up a house of cards, a tower of dominos
or Legos, or a sand castle, just for the pleasure of being able to knock
it all down. By the mid seventies, it was all over. The disco era with it's
awful cars, silly clothes, flash, glitter, pretense, and hideous music, was
all too soon upon us. In retrospect, it may be that the mediocrity of the
late seventies, and early eighties is why the sixties are able to generate
such feelings of nostalgia. It may also be that there was still just a bit
of the fifties left in the culture of the sixties, and the two cultures coexsisted
for a decade before the new "progressive" culture won out.
I was born in 1957
the seventies were at the same time, the best and worst of decades. They
began with classic rock and roll, the finest muscle cars ever sold to the
We had an active, but largely impotent counterculture,
at that time. It was just pervaisive enough to be universal, just extreme
enough to be fun, and not powerful enough to be threatening. Unfortunatly,
the counter culture of the sixties, and early eventies, became the politically
correct liberalism of the nanny state, is it grew and became strong.