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It is symptomatic of a plunge toward the bottom. We no longer seek our highest, best selves.We make excuses for every shortfall. We reward things that are unremarkable.Star Trek used to be our imagined future, now it is an impossible fantasy
M. T. Dremer says
Ironically, I think it is the peak of American civilization at the same time the "Me Generation" was born, spelling the end of that civilization.We were beating communism,walking on the moon and building the greatest economy in world history.
Very good points, retief. I guess it could be said that, in many ways, the '60s were "the best of times and the worst of times." :-)
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Tamara Wilhite says
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The idea that ISIS now holds the ancient treasure city of Palmyra is disturbing. The heritage of Western Civilization is under assault and governments are passive in the face of these crimes.
Tom Ware says
It isn't so much the slack dressing but our perception of civilization and our selves within that context. We no longer value our highest selves.