I entered my 40th year of life just over six months ago, about the time folks start looking back and bitching about how good everything was when they were youngsters. And they were fun-loving, rambunctious but endearing children, not these shitheads walking around today.
But is today so much worse than 1970? I was in the outside world only sixteen days of that year, but history shows that 1970 was a really shitty year: The Kent State and Jackson State shootings, the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles breaking up, the Apollo 13 near-disaster, the Vietnam War at its violent peak. You know how much 1970 sucked? Even Canada suffered from terrorist attacks. When our goofily charming neighbor to the north is getting bombed, that's a good sign of a crappy year.
I'm not discussing just one year, however: I wish to write about the evolution of the world around me from 1970 to the present day. For the next six months, I will periodically post about various categories and determine whether they've improved in the last forty years or declined, ranking them from 1 (much better back then than now) to 10 (we're doing a lot better nowadays). I will then explain why I rated that category the way I did, offering a combination of personal anecdotes, historical evidence, and testimony from you.
Yes, you. I'm pushing forty, for crying out loud: my memory of a certain topic might be fuzzier than yours. For each category I plan to post about, I will e-mail a random batch of friends on Facebook (some of you actually read my blog; thank you very much) and ask their opinion on a particular topic. Answers I receive may be posted on my blog, although I will gladly maintain your anonymity at your request. Of course, you will be invited to respond to my declarations as usual, attacking or agreeing with them as you see fit. Trust me, this will be a blast. Hopefully, I can complete this series before my 40th birthday, or I die of old age.