Most of people that I've come across (baby-boomers & Gen-X) with would tell me how things were between the 70s and early 2000s. Things like music, social life, tv, entertainment to even being able to buy ice cream for less than 15 cents. Sometimes I tend to agree with them and think why isn't life as interesting as it use to be in their times as a pre-teen at least, I wish I was born earlier (born in Dec 1992). Wouldn't it be nice buy a McDonalds meal for 18 cents or a 3 course at a restaurant for 58 cents.
Some places around the world had better days in the previous decades compared to now, and Zimbabwe is perfect example. If you've lived or visited there in the 80s & 90s and followed it up til now, you'll now what I mean.
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Some things were better, others were much worse. Yes, Zimbabwe was indeed a happier place in the 70s but I could give you tons of counter-examples. Take my girlfriend's home country South Korea. If my girlfriend lived in the 1970s, she would have been born into a brutal right-wing, nationalist dictatorship. Anyone who was only suspected to disagree with the government was hunted down and thrown in prison for years. People who dared to support North Korea (which in fact did better than South Korea back then) was tortured and killed. In June 1980, there was a famous uprising of University students and professors in Gwangju (south-east) who peacefully demonstrated for freedom and democracy. The South Korean government sent troops and ordered its military to use violence to make an end to the uprising. In the following days, over 600 peaceful protesters were brutally killed. At the same time, the Korean government decided to go through an ultra-fast industrialization and the sacrifices were very high. Factory workers were practically slaves, working 18 hours a day for a bowl of rice. On top of that, the country was still incredibly poor from the war 20 years earlier and many people died from starvation or disease. Life really wasn't fun.
But even if you take less crazy examples, you won't just find good things. Take my country Switzerland: yes, there was peace and democracy and yes, we did do economically well since we didn't participate in world war two but the society was ridiculously stuck-up and conservative. Women weren't allowed to vote until 1971. In one canton (~ state), they weren't even allowed to vote until freaking 1991. Handicapped people like myself were abandoned by their parents and put into miserable, dark institutions where they were left completely alone and were sometimes even sexually abused by the staff without being able to defend themselves. And there was a law that made it illegal for unmarried couples to live in the same apartment/house. So if my girlfriend and I lived in the 1970s, we would have never found an apartment and if we had anyway, we would have to constantly worry to get thrown in jail.
And I'm pretty sure similar stuff existed in the US too. So were some things better when our parents were young? Sure. Would I want to live 40 years ago? No thanks.0