I do, I want to be my current age, perhaps a bit younger, in the 90s. I want to see the early internet, older animu and western cartoons of the era, the art and music scenes going on at the time, concerts, etc.
I think its a feeling thats not entirely unique to the past two generations, but one that is becoming more popular as time goes on. The past (1960s-1990s) have a energy so foreign and free to the time now. They were recorded enough to have a good grasp on what life was like but not so much that the information is suffocating like the endless stream of today seems to be. It seems simpler because we only see the important or enjoyable events, not the everyday mundaneness or casual sadness that was likely felt. We see woodstock, rock concerts, house parties, comfy simpleness that seems to be missing from today. Events where everyone was simply living one life, not two - nearly everyone in the developed world occupies themselves in two realities, the physical and the virtual. I think everyone seemed more present in the past for this reason.
Perhaps the epidemic of longing for the past and nostalgia for things one never experienced is not entitlement or taking our current time for granteed, but instead a yearning for a simpler time where everyone was more connected and the world was bigger. Something about those time periods makes me feel that almost childhood innocence of only knowing your local neighborhood and little else. The world is so globalized and digitized that you can know anything anytime. There's no air of mystery of comfort of not knowing every detail of tragedy overseas.
I think its a bit odd some make fun of those who want to be in bygone eras. There is an overwhelming sadness in the air to me, and I'm not sure if its a personal feeling but it seems pervasive across everyone I know. The flow of information is suffocating, everyone connects digitally, there is less and less humanity as we become descensitized by the constant barrage of sex, violence, and gore from everyone corner of the globe. The fact that you can find deposits of incredibly taboo subjects so easily, and that they are almost becoming normalized (ex. incest in porn) is worrying. I sound like a parent, but I think they had a point in saying technology would be harmful 2-some decades ago.
This isn't to say that degeneracy did not exist years ago, but this generaPost too long. Click here to view the full text.