Even though the time interval between 1939 to 1980, and between 1980 and 2021 are identical, the differences in the world are not even close. Technology has made huge changes in our world, but the biggest changes were already in place by 1980. We’ve done a lot of refining and upgrading since then, but the changes in the world are not comparable.
Computers have gotten faster, email is more reliable, online shopping more prevalent. More people own computer in their homes. But in 1980, I was already working in a high-tech environment and learning how to develop a database.
I had a home computer early and a cell phone early, too. Garry needed it for work. Computers have gotten faster. Monitors and TVs are sharper, but software is not better unless you’re talking about games. Computer software for “doing work” has not changed much and what has changed was not an improvement. It’s different, but not necessarily better.
We’ve had more societal change in the past 6 years than we had between 1980 and 2015. Not even remotely an improvement. I feel like society, manners, intelligence, education are all worse. A lot worse!
My mother was born in 1910 and died in 1983. I think in her lifetime she saw more change than anyone I can think of — other than the others who were born around the turn of the century and lived to see men on the moon and computers invading homes. I know my mother didn’t see the changes as good. Quite the opposite.
She was cynical about the world, the people who run it, and where humanity was heading. I thought she was overly cynical. These days, I think she was right on the money. I doubt she’d be at all surprised at the way the world has turned.
I remember when she told me what was going to happen in Vietnam. She said (and this is a quote): “We’ll lose the war, declare a victory and leave. That,” she said, “is what we always do.”
The big difference between Vietnam and Afghanistan? This time, we did not declare a victory. We admitted defeat — and then we left. Like we always do.