Isaac Asimov, an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, once said "It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today." (Biro, 1) This of which is still true, but American society has taken the change a little too far. Change is good to a certain extent, but too much change can be damaging. Asimov was right when he said change is continuing and change is inevitable, but the society can also decide how they let the change affect them and their values. Yes, all of the advances made in terms of technology and equal rights have been great, but with the introduction of technology, a change came about people couldn’t even fathom would happen half a century ago. While reaping the benefits of technological advancements may be nice, one has to wonder where this country will draw the line on just how far morals will be allowed to deteriorate. The rewards of the advancements made and the comfortableness they have brought cannot and should not account for the loss of good morals and the happiness people seemed to have a lot more of in the recent past.
In the past, people did not have modern day luxuries and the comfortableness of convenience in everything they did like we do today, but they seemed to be ok with how life was. Grady Williams, 62, remembers his home in the 1950’s rural country of Bennington, Oklahoma. “We didn’t have anything but electricity. There was no indoor plumbing, air conditioner, cars or refrigerators. We did have a radio for entertainment though.” (Williams). While Kathlene Hanberry’s, 49, recount of her luxuries available in Lake Charles, Louisiana in the sixties is not as extreme, it is still a big change from today. “We had Atari video games, no iPods or CDs, just records and cassette tapes. There also were no cell phones or home computers. If you wanted to have a private conversation you had to make sure the cord on the phone would stretch into... [continues]
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