Thursday, June 15, 2006

Quick Philosophy Break!

I think it's important to remember that there is no such thing as "the good old days." No matter where you are or when it's happening, you're only going to remember the good things (and, admittedly, the particularly bad things) of any given situation and romanticize them as hard as you can. And in comparison, of course the present isn't going to look as good. It's just that you naturally can't remember the boring and lame parts.

Then, five years later, you'll do the same thing.

All Yalom and I are saying is, live in the present!

4 comments:

baz said...

hate to cast a pall on this party, but the great philospher billy joel beat you to the punch:

from Keepin' the Faith
"You know the good ol' days weren't always good
And tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems"

Anonymous said...

Seems to be a theme this week

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-06-15T162311Z_01_COL558887_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-AGING-UNHAPPINESS-DC.XML&archived=False

Anonymous said...

And then there is Carly Simon singing, "these are the good old days" in her song, Anticipation, which later turned into a ketchup commercial. Hunts?

Quite honestly I can remember some awesome ketchup moments - time and place - when ketchup was ketchup.

Honestly.

Chris S. said...

Don't remember the actual ketchup commercial, but I do remember the Bill Murray SNL commercial parody for "Swill," the bottled water dredged from Lake Erie.

In that parody, they play Simon's "Anticipation" as the thick sludge slowly pours of the bottle. Awesome.