Latin for a praiser of times past.
No, things weren’t better in the past, whether it was food safety, infectious diseases or any of a host of other issues.
Today is the anniversary of D-Day. The generation who fought World War II had to cope with the errors made after WW I. They grew up in the Depression when most people had absolutely nothing, including nutrition.
They fought a total war – civilians were war casualties. They liberated the concentration camps. They defeated the Nazis. They used the atomic bomb to save millions of Japanese and allied casualties – they understood clearly that the bomb could never be used again. Then they got us through the cold war.
They came home and created the prosperity you and I take for granted. They did so because they didn’t want us to have to experience what they had gone through.
Plus, they made jazz popular.
Johannes Hofer, who invented the term nostalgia, thought it was a mental disease. He was wrong.
When facing life’s difficulty, nostalgia improves your mood, increases your connection to people, and gives you optimism about the future.
Our generations can’t begin to match the hardship the World War II generation had to endure.