I guess I'm not the only one who looks back with fondness to the 1980's.
As another decade comes to a close, a new poll shows the 1980's were our favorite of the past five decades. The decade that is ending comes in dead last, according to the Pew Research Center, which conducted the survey.
So what was it about the 1980's that gives the decade such high marks? I suppose it's who you ask. I get it that some people weren't fans of the 80's. For me, the 1980's were my high school and college years, there was a general sense of optimism throughout the country, we had just come out of an economically challenging time in the 1970's, the country was relatively safe and was looked upon with high regard around the world, the information age was taking off, it seemed like a time of endless and limitless opportunities, and it seemed like there was still a sense of innocence about the country. That's not saying the 80's were perfect.
Fast-forward to the decade coming to a close. The Top 10 words most used to describe the decade were downhill, change, good, poor, decline, disappointing, turbulent/turmoil, chaos/chaotic, not good, bad. Nearly making the Top 10 were disaster and greed.
So how did we go backwards? Could it be that much of the success of the 1980's was because of the foundation laid by so many people in the decades prior, and that the poor ranking of the closing decade is the result of squandering the sacrifices, hard work, and vision of others?
The good news...59 percent of those surveyed believe the next decade will be better, that better times lie ahead.
The challenge, it would seem, isn't just to look back and remember the times, moments, years that we collectively feel were the best. The meaningful task is to look at what we liked about those years and figure out how to achieve that today to make life better for ourselves, our country, and mankind, as we move forward.