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The unique atmosphere of the 1950's was firmly established on such guiding principles as respect, honor and hard work. It was reflected in most every aspect of society, in the United States.

 

I remember a time so very long ago; goodness was the "watchword, the order of the day," during my childhood. The unique atmosphere of the 1950's was firmly established on such guiding principles as respect, honor and hard work. It was reflected in most every aspect of society, in the United States. Goodness seemed to punctuate the thoughts, actions and vocabularies of most people; at least in my experience.

 

I particularly remember how the Christmas season epitomized the principles of fellowship. People used to open doors or keep them open for others, as a kindness or a show of respect. Smiles decorated every face. I heard "thank you and "hello" repeated a million times. These appear to be unpopular in today's society. Customers fight over sale products and knock each other down as they push their way through doors and aisles to grab the featured bargains.

 

Television was appropriate for the whole family. Programs promoting strong family values prevailed. Does anyone remember Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, Lawrence Welk, The Wonderful World of Disney, The Grand Ole Opre or Ed Sullivan? These programs consistently provided wholesome entertainment, which reflected Bible principles of love, joy, goodness, kindness, peace and self-control.

I was raised on "westerns." Some of my favorites: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger; these programs promoted themes in which hard work triumphs over adversity, evil was always foiled by good and playing fair was its own reward.

 

We see technological advances in medicine, transportation, communication and science, but I see no positive or beneficial progress in humanity. In reality, the news services, television and the internet show an alarming downward spiral of destructive behavior, in every society on earth. We find some examples of benevolence demonstrated by only a small minority of people. It overwhelms me at times, when I see the violence and suffering so prevalent today. I long for the “good old days.”

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