This podcast focuses on the passage of time, and mostly, the backwards passage of time. Some of the people interviewed seem to want to travel back in time to the “good ‘ol days”. To me, I believe the restoration of the past is a good thing. There were certainly some things that they got right in the past. But to want to fully immerse oneself into the past is extreme. We can’t overlook the things they got wrong.
People tend to remember the past more fondly than when it was lived. It’s a flaw in the way our brain processes memories. We often remember the good moments far more often, and we feel nostalgic about all the good things. This is why older generations tend to tsk tsk at the younger generations or say that things were better, and we’re headed towards disaster. Is this true, however? Rarely. But what’s interesting about this podcast is that the people interviewed are nostalgic for a time they never lived. They have no fond memories of the past motivating them. Or, perhaps, they are motivated by the fond memories of others.
They tend to think that things were better because they were simpler. There was less chaos, less of a scramble, less of a mad-dash for survival. Is that true? I doubt it. I believe that the world has always been chaos with disaster around every corner and crucial survival. The people interviewed are living in a clouded nostalgia.
Having properly ragged on them a bit, however, I do believe they have a noble goal in mind. I do believe in the conservation and remembrance of the past in order to learn and advance and educate. Because of this, I believe that dedicating their lives to the reversal and restoration of time is a worthy cause. Someone has to do it, and most of us are too busy scrambling to be remembered to think about the past.