Are the stresses and strains of today’s pressure-cooker world beginning to take their toll? Do you long for a return to “the good ol’ days”?
Perhaps you can identify with the frustration of one disillusioned observer: “The world is too big for us. Too much going on, too many crimes, too much violence and excitement. Try as you will you get behind in the race, in spite of yourself. It’s an incessant strain to keep pace . . . and still you lose ground. Science empties discoveries on you so fast that you stagger beneath them in hopeless bewilderments. The political world has news seen so rapidly you’re out of breath trying to keep pace with who’s in and who’s out. Everything is high pressure. Human nature can’t endure much more.”
I’ll ask once more: Do you long for the “good ol’ days” when today’s problems were as yet unknown?
If so, you might be interested to know that the quotation above is excerpted from an editorial in the Atlantic Journal. The date: June 16, 1883!
The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.
Solomon’s wisdom still rings true: “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not enquire wisely concerning this.” (Ecclesiastes 7:10.)