Maybe it’s just my imagination (and a lot of other people’s as well). Or maybe its the fact that some of the hope that was in the air back then is reflected in images such as this. Statistics tells us that things weren’t “magically” better back then. People were poorer. But what if I no longer care about material wealth? What if I – capitalist as I am – wish for the kind of small, tightly knit society that can flourish without State interference? Sure, we need capitalism to build those houses, cars, factories and roads. But then what? Could we not have a society that isn’t barren and cold?
Like I said, maybe I’m just imagining. Maybe the past wasn’t so great. Maybe we are all so much richer today. But I get the feeling we’ve passed the barrier where material wealth doesn’t really matter anymore. Or at least, not as much as it used to.