Those of us who look back on the Good Old Days are often accused of seeing it through rose tinted spectacles.
But are we?
One vital aspect of life which has changed drastically is freedom.
Half a century ago freedom was the norm. The only people who worried about the law were criminals. If you were an ordinary citizen, the law left you alone to life your life as you wished. You were considered to be intelligent enough to live your life without any outside interference.
Half a century on, the scene has changed radically. Everyone now is a potential criminal, as the law impinges on virtually every aspect of our lives. We are governed by rules and regulations to the extent that it is difficult to leave one’s home without breaking some petty edict.
Walk down virtually any urban street and count the signs. There will be signs telling you where you can park and for how long. There will be dozens of No Smoking signs of course. You will be told where and when you can cross a road. Any building site, no matter how small or innocuous will be plastered with signs telling you what you can or cannot wear. And to make sure you obey all these laws you will be under constant scrutiny by the ubiquitous CCTV cameras.
Even our private lives are under threat.
There are those whose fervent wish is to ban smoking in our private homes. The EU is already dictating what light bulbs we can use. We are told what breed of dogs we can have. We are breaking the law if we don’t “register” our septic tanks or our property. Soon we will be told what foods or drink we can buy. Our Minister for Justice is even suggesting what we should pay for an engagement ring or what value car we should have.
This unrelenting march of control gets worse by the day. It is supposed to be “for our own good” but in reality it’s all about control.
Times were hard back fifty years ago. There weren’t the medical advances [but now that our gubmint “controls” the health system we were still probably better off]. Relatively speaking we were poorer. Not every home had a car, telephone or television, but because we never had them, we didn’t miss them. And that is the problem now. The modern generation never had the freedoms we used to enjoy, so it doesn’t miss them.
It has reached the point where I am glad I am the age I am. I feel sorry for the modern kids as God knows how they will be regulated in another fifty years.
And I really don’t want to be around to see it.