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Is everything that’s new automatically bad? Are old things better by default?

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Hey y’all,

I’m not sure if it’s my imagination, but the more time passes, the more it seems to me that the saying “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” makes a lot of sense. Actually, all the sense. And the saying applies to everything from music and pop culture to home appliances, products, materials, the economy - you name it.

Movies are a perfect example - I love the original trilogy and older movies in general, right up to the ‘90s. Everything after that - especially the newer movies - seem to needlessly rely on CGI, explosions, bigger, better, soundier and superlatives in general.

Not every new movie is bad, but the majority are worse than the older films when directors and actors had to find ways to stay imaginative and creative. Nowadays you just let a computer program work things out for you and Bob’s your uncle. My dad, who is in his 60s now, agrees, especially since he lived through most of what I’m talking about.

For example, he was a college math professor and he used to love going to Vegas back in the day. It wasn’t really gambling for him because he understood the underlying science. He would win all the time and still plays to this day. Even he admits that internet casinos like https://www.casinoshortlist.org/ that are a dime a dozen can’t compare to the real thing. The internet makes life easier, sure, but has also destroyed plenty in the process. Would you agree?

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You couldn’t get me into a Ford Pinto for all the money in the world. I will take an autonomously driving pod over that.

I prefer thinking that things are just different, not necessarily better or worse carte blanche. A lot of things are better than they used to be, a lot of things are worse or simply do not exist anymore. It can be tough reconciling the two, and the changes are getting faster all the time. It’s gotten pretty hard to keep up.

After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true. ~ Spock

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We remember the good old stuff because the bad old stuff wasn’t worth remembering. But we see the good and bad new stuff both as it’s happening.

So old stuff is automatically better but only because the bad stuff got throwed away already.

I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently.