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  •  Golden Ages and Timelessness (2+ / 0-)
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    DuzT, The Nose

    They don't see that the bridges are crumbling because to them, the bridges have always been there.

    They see no reason to address economic inequality because there will always be poor people.  If they are working class or poor themselves, well, that's the way it's always been.  Nobody from THEIR circle ever went to college and got a degree and really "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps" -- and to suggest otherwise is to put unreasonable expectations into the heads of children.  (The ones who DID move up also moved OUT, and out of sight is out of mind...)

    They see no reason to make big changes to health care because they are sure that either personal sloth, "an accident," or The Wrath of God are responsible for all illness and disease -- and at that, only the ones that physically manifest in a way they can see.  They really don't believe in illness that doesn't make you bedridden, cause you to lose teeth, or require surgery to correct (for example, not a definitive list).

    They don't get that Oliver Twist and Charlie's family in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are literary extremes but portraying real conditions of the day.  They would prefer to think that it was all Tom Sawyer, and they long for the world of  Leave It To Beaver.  

    While believing in the timeless fixity of marriage arrangements, gender roles and the existence of infrastructure, they are also sure they are living in the Decline of Civilization Itself, and if they could only get back to the Good Old Days everything would be fine.

    Unfortunately, reality is much messier.

    "There isn't a way things should be. There's just what happens, and what we do." — Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky)

    by stormicats on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:04:08 AM PST

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