This is not a a ode to how terrible and bad and those evil terrorists that attacked innocent USA on 9-11, rather it is a discussion about how much better life was in the 90s.
This pic captures the general feel in some ways of the culture.
Only those 30 or older would really understand, and for those that are, it is night and day. For younger readers let me paint a quick sketch.
The 80s were wild and high energy, a kind of anything goes (but not in the degenerate way we see today) the action movies were manly, the music was real and no electronics to distract from real life.
Enter the 90s, they were mostly legit. This is a perfect 90s song that capture the feel and energy of the period:
They were riding off the energy of the 80s, with a new optimism that we were going SOMEWHERE. There was a hopefulness that is utterly, UTTERLY gone from modern eras. People were still high trust (kids could run around outside, and by the way actually still played outside) all the bullshit about SJW, gays, minorities etc was not in full swing.
Cell phones and video games and the internet barely existed in the modern capacity. I consider myself a gamer growing up, but its nothing like kids these days. We could have a game party once a month where’d we would play a few hours then GO OUTSIDE and do something else. None of the grind 8+hrs a day every day we see today. At airports you could walk all the way to the final lobby and watch the plane fly away with your family.
Then 9-11 happened, which by the way I am nearly convinced it was either an outright inside job, maybe mossad or something, but at the very least knew what was going to happen and let it happen.
I was in my late teens, I remember watching it all go down on tv while in gym class at high school. Life changed forever then (and not just 9-11 but this was huge). Trust evaporated, no one really was open any more and it became this weird secret thing towards other people.
Around now also the internet was becoming more popular (AIM, myspace etc) and more and more interaction was now ‘online’ but compared to today it was nowhere close, you still mostly hung out in real life.
Around 2006-2010 is when first smart phones started appearing along with facebook and this is where things really finally started dying. More and more interaction was virtual, and the addiction wasnt where it was today, but facebook was widely popular and I remember being one of two people in college I knew who didn’t have it.
Fast forward and we have today, where I worked at a high school recently for a while and literally every kid is addicted to their smart phone, head stooped over while they tap away for their dopamine hit.
I feel bad for them, they have no role model and all they knew is the pseudo reality. The future doesnt look good, and they will never know how fun the 90s were, back when things were ‘still good’.