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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #10)

Sat Apr 27, 2019, 05:28 PM

23. That's something I noticed many years ago

It's also noticeable in the town where I live because historic housing has been so well preserved here. Houses that were once considered comfortable and well-suited for raising a family are now considered "starter homes" for young couples with no kids yet. Once they start growing their families, they don't feel satisfied until they are in homes that in my childhood would have been considered "rich people's houses."

One great grandmother grew up on a farm in the rural south but lived in small apartments as long as I was alive. She was content. My maternal grandparents were civil servants who lived in a couple of small two-bedroom brick homes. For people who spent their youth in the Great Depression, it was enough. The safety and comfort I felt in the modest homes of my relatives as a kid wasn't because of their size, it was because of the emotional connections with those who inhabited it.

Our nation has drifted so far from that ethos. The evidence of our society's rampant materialism and consumerism is all around us. It's a big, big part of the cancer that has gnawed at this nation's soul, kicked into overdrive since the Reagan era.

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