Why do we always think that ‘ everything used to be better ‘? Is it true?

This has to do with a principle known from the statistic called ‘ survivorship bias ‘.It simply implies that we sometimes draw a wrong conclusion from certain data, because we do not have all the data at our disposal, but only those who have come to us.

The classic example arises from a situation in WW II. The Allies wanted to armor their planes to protect them against shots of the Germans.However, the Allies ‘ budget was not infinite, so they decided to only make a part of their aircraft. Now they were curious to know which part of the aircraft had the most armor, better said: How could they save as many planes as possible with as little money as possible? They gathered results from the bullet holes of planes right after returning from an expedition over German territory. This was the result:

Soon the idea was to armor both the tail wings and the main wings, as most of the aircraft proved to have bullet holes.

Then a smarmerik figured out that they had to armor exactly the opposite part of the plane, where there were no bullet holes. His reasoning was worded as follows: Assuming that the Germans hit all the places on the plane equally, one would expect to also have an equal spread of bullet holes across the plane. Yet, however, they mainly struck bullet holes on the wings. That meant that the planes that were hit on the wings could apparently return to the back, while those who were touched elsewhere could not communicate in the same happiness. The planes that were hit in those other places did not return as said and were therefore not part of the results, which made it appear in the measurement as if the planes were only hit on the wings.

Initially, the Allies had come to the wrong conclusion because they did not take into account that the results were only the results of a subset of all their planes, namely those planes that were able to return.This phenomenon is called ‘ survivorship bias ‘.

In the case of ‘ once everything was better ‘, that ‘ survivorship bias ‘ is hidden in the fact that we tend to remember only very enjoyable experiences and suppress and forget the most slightly unpleasant unpleasant.Because we have the fun memories of yesteryear with all our experiences of the present, both good and bad experiences, we get the impression that earlier everything was better. Appearances are deceiving. In fact, to almost all statistical measures it is now many times better than before, think much lower infant mortality, much less poverty and generally a much higher of prosperity.

The fact that we are always inclined to think that once everything was better is just our spirit that deceives us.

Because only the things that used to be better were still there.I still use a 45 year old Philips mixer that was once my mother’s home. Philips is quality, but that cheap Japanese junk was broken and discarded years ago.

One also remembers and things better.I like to think back to my childhood. The scouting, holidays and trips with and to family, playing and staying with friends. Only the bullies that terrorized me for 4 years, I only remember when their names accidentally resurface somewhere.

Old things weren’t better, but simpler.Cars used to need more maintenance, but you could do a lot of it yourself. Years ago I was on a campsite when a tow car came to bring a Belgian family with their 2CV of which the engine was broken. After the tent was set up, the father of the family went to a sloop, bought a second hand engine, and built it in an afternoon between the tents and caravans. The 2CV is much nicer than modern cars, but certainly not better.

In the past, even the future was better.

What most people can do incredibly well is to weaken or repress the negative memories.It used to be better, our memory is better (but not complete or correct)

This is a collective memory that dates from the period after the WW2.

Then a social policy led by America with the Marshal plan brought the economic boom of the 1950 to the middle 鈧?虄 70.Also known as 鈧?虄the American Dream where Europe has benefited enormously and the largest mid-class of human history arose.

This was possible due to the global economic surplus recycling mechanism that America had set up with the dollar as fixed Exchange currency but sadly stopped in 1971 by Nixon.Nevertheless the economic boom effect was only the end 1980 worked out.

Therefore the current older G脙 漏 n脙 漏 ration-X still consciously or unconsciously the good old time in thought what was then actually no longer true because in their childhood of the 1980 鈧?”2000 many of the accumulated social and economic advantages disappeared.

‘, ‘ Once a well-known Dutchman has said: ‘ Whoever said earlier was everything better, who suffers from selective memory loss.

“,” We remind us the fun/good and penetrating rest.

It is not true, unfortunately.

Because we seldom complain about how it used to be, at most we appoint an unpleasant event if it is worth telling. However, we are complaining about the present, but commenting is a good reason for change and there is nothing to change in the past.In our daily conversations, the good of the past comes to the front, but the bad is not, nobody is curious about the problems that politics were struggling with in 1987. We unconsciously create a distorted picture of the past, as if politics in 1987 did not struggle with things while they were complaining about them

Maybe because we focus on things that were indeed better and less reminiscent of the real benefits of the present… for my country I can certainly say that the children of the Sixties were very satisfied with very little… they were not contaminated by the massive Consumption… while in my Stadt Angers many houses were totally out of order and we had almost no heating.I could still give many examples in both categories. So we should try not to think black white and be aware of what exactly is better and what exactly is worse.

This is a psychological and sociological phenomenon.
I can explain to you in short words how the psychology of it is.Our brains are mainly limiting ourselves, remembering the pleasant sides of our past.
Now it is in fact better than ever before (although the right-wing evolution is currently making the improvement very flattens) but we do not see that.

Maybe this can help you on your way:
Pschologie: Why was everything better before?| Consumer Psychologist

Sociology: Why do so many people think that earlier everything was better?

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