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The past sucked. Yet we forget

The past did suck.

It sucked it Europe.

It sucked at home.

It sucked everywhere and all at once.


Ludicrous you might say.

Preposterous it might sound.

The past was great.

The past was grand.

Happiness surrounded me in that great time.


We do forget.

We fail to regard how the past hurt and killed most of us.

How sad a truth we choose to forgter.

And our minds lies and us it was grand.


Suck it did yet we forget

How the past let few of our children's hair turn grey.

Early death, how sad and withered a villain.

How marvelous our victory over infant death


For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

How sad a thought Hemingway once wrote.

Of a reality abundant in the time of yore.

How Ernest a truth of a time past and lost.


The past did suck.

It killed our children, our infants, and our hopes.

We have improved. We have grown.

And now most our children old they grow.


The future oh uncertain a hero.

Ambiguous and undescribable

Treacherous and devious.

Unknown and unknowable.

Yet, much oh how much better than our dreadful past.



PS: Data on youth and infant mortality both are below 5% today, an order of magnitude decrease to historic values.



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