I lived through this, in the Seventies – and never noticed it happening!
This was the era of LBJ – who was responsible for Civil Rights in the South, an amazing accomplishment – and the Vietnam War, another amazing accomplishment, of the opposite kind.
We saw the Civil Rights disturbances, and the Vietnam War protests – without understanding what was going on. The final collapse of Enlightenment hopes for a better world.
This was such a huge disappointment, we could not believe it was happening – and still cannot believe it. We keep telling each other “We are going to come out of this!” But we never do. Building a better society is a far more difficult task, than we ever imagined.
And we have never been able to recognize this – a simple fact, that we cannot recognize.