Thursday, November 10, 2011
There is something appealing about looking back to previous decades and longing for certain aspects. This appeal is most easily seen in the continuous “retro” fads of the past twenty years (or more). I think the appeal is that it is easy to see a decade, or span of time, as a whole from a distance of twenty years or more. It is more difficult to see or feel the continuity of the “current time” and this is often times unsettling. So, we often times look back, wistfully, at a past time period. It’s easier to understand the events and “rules” of the time period from a distance. Most of us long to know the “rules”. However, the rules are constantly in flux and are being written as we live them. It is only in retrospect that the rules take shape.