WE HAD IT ALL – SO WHERE DID IT ALL GO?

In the ‘50’s, America had recently finished WWII – fairly unscathed –
And then, without much thought, dove into a deep, largely innocent, materialism –
At country club “blue pools,”
Bigger houses, cars with sharp fins, longer vacations, sometimes even to foreign countries,
Along with a lot of golf, art, alcohol, and sports –
We had it all.

‘50’s novelists commonly wrote about Americans’ inner emptiness
While 50’s churches filled to overflowing with families worshipping a unique conformist “American religion.”

This country has been like a giant pendulum – erratically swinging between left and right –
And between puritan intensity and a “there’s no tomorrow” type of indulgence.

We created an American-persona “God” to serve in those American churches
Relying, however, upon the strength of our military-industrial complex to “save” us –
If needed –
Instantly self-forgetting and self-forgiving anything, historically, we’ve done to others.

No one reads those 50’s novels anymore – they’re too sterile –
True – but depressingly flat.

Nowadays, Americans no longer strive so much for material things –
In part because, for the most part, they’re relatively less affluent than back then,
But still want to understand where all their American “greatness” has gone.

Occasionally, a few Americans have even started musing about the possibility
Of, one day, becoming inwardly wealthy – maybe for the first time.

What a thought!

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3 thoughts on “WE HAD IT ALL – SO WHERE DID IT ALL GO?

  1. I did read this I realize and thoughtlessly didn’t comment.. I thought how optimistic you are, not sure I share your sense that people don’t seek materialistic things anymore. It seems that consumerism infects so much. But I hope you’re right about the pendulum. And agree the fifties feel is gone

    My fave of the recent ones is Happiness…..contrast of joy and happiness, how it comes…..beautiful

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    n Feb 14, 2018 10:46 AM, “Diner Mystic” wrote:

    diner mystic posted: “In the ‘50’s, America had recently finished WWII – fairly unscathed – And then, without much thought, dove into a deep, largely innocent, materialism – At country club “blue pools,” Bigger houses, cars with sharp fins, longer vacations, sometimes “

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