I ran across this article a few months back.
You should definitely read it.
But you probably won’t so I’ll summarize.
It’s about how we think we’re the greatest people who have ever lived.
We’re better than our ancestors who were all, let’s face it, nitwits.
C.S. Lewis called it ‘Chronological Snobbery’ and described it as:
“the uncritical assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited. You must find out why it went out of date. Was it ever refuted (and if so by whom, where, and how conclusively) or did it merely die away as fashions do? If the latter, this tells us nothing about its truth or falsehood. From seeing this, one passes to the realization that our own age is also ‘a period,’ and certainly has, like all periods, its own characteristic illusions. They are likeliest to lurk in those widespread assumptions which are so ingrained in the age that no one dares to attack or feels it necessary to defend them”
Thus chronological snobbery is the identification, or confusion, of “change” with “progress.”
This snobbery believes everything “old” is also “invalid”.
The arrogance of progressivism is that we are “better” than previous generations…
…while offering no objective standard for “best”.
We laugh at the idea of ‘going back to the 1950’s’.
Because those people in the 50’s were such rubes!
Such loutish buffoons!
The only thing they did right was give birth to us.
Progressivism assumes that the best ideas are the latest ideas.
It can make you feel smug and enlightened.
Just don’t think about your progressive great-great-grandchildren…
…laughing at the idea of ‘going back to 2017’.