Monday, 17 July 2017
Changes In Social Attitudes
"Times change and we change with them." See here.
"The past is another country." See here.
"The past is a foreign country." See here.
In Britain in my lifetime, attitudes to two phenomena, homosexuality and smoking, have reversed. Homosexuality has become legal. Smoking in enclosed public places has become illegal.
SM Stirling imagines Changed conditions followed by a changed attitude to smoking:
"In the old days they'd believed that smoking was bad for you, but there were so many other things that could, would and did kill you now that people didn't care."
-SM Stirling, The High King Of Montival (New York, 2011), Chapter Fifteen, pp. 328-329.
In fact, there was no end to the follies of "the old Americans":
"Some of them had believed eating butter was bad for you, of all things." (p. 329)