Here is the trailer for the movie. http://www.matttrailer.com/seven_bri..._brothers_1954
When you throw the science and medical advances into the picture, surely there is little to argue a case against modern times.
That aside (which I suppose we really can't do), there's a loss of a lot of things among which I could mention safety, morality, honor, and a culture of family values.
Of course we can all maintain these things within ourselves and of course there is the "sanctuary" that we build for our own lives and those that we love. But beyond that we still have to venture out into the world where far too many others haven't a clue what it is to be "honorable".
Yeah, I know that such things depend on where you live and certainly there were places in our history that were much more dangerous than they are now, but I'm used to living in a society where civility and honor and looking out in behalf of others meant something. Also, one simply conducted themselves in a manner that didn't bring dishonor to their family, or friends, or thier community.
When I was young, I neve worried about what the cops might do to me, I knew that any incursion would disappoint my father, my family, and my comrads. Somewhere, somehow, much of that is lost I think. Now regardless of the crime, some families and communities will go to lengths to protect their own. That is pretty sad I think and we as a whole are somewhat less for that inability to distinquish between right and wrong.
CWS, great post. I always try and communicate those ideals to my daughters and while they demonstrate both self respect and respect for others, it is much more difficult to do this when the majority of parents do not. I agree with you that we try and build our own little peaceful/respectful society at home, but then you go out and see adults acting like fools sending the wrong message to their children. Those old days were as I said rough, but the display of good manners and courtesy was nice. Many store employees are told to be polite, smile and thank the customers, but how many shoppers and their children respond in kind? I was recently at the counter of my library checking out some books and a young guy in his twenties behind me said "watch out" as he tried to get in front of me to put down a few DVD's. I didn't budge and he finally said excuse my I want to put these down. I felt like punching him out, but then I thought he was brought up without manners or was high, or both?