A hundred years ago Americans were jazzing through a decade that got tagged as the Roaring Twenties. The world believed it had come out of the war to end all wars, and the populace embraced amusement to help forget those troubles.
Our politicians, in their typical wisdom, decided to prohibit alcoholic beverages. Breaking the law became fashionable as bootleggers supplied speakeasies where people gathered to drink and dance. Both hair and skirts on women got shorter. And stores offered the “buy now, pay later” option to folks who were also told that investing $15 a month in stocks would earn them $80,000 in twenty years.
Soon after 2020 dawned, the COVID scare set much of the tone for the beginning of this decade. Our politicians, in their typical wisdom, decided to prohibit congregational gathering. They then proceeded to make up more money which created the inflation that made prices go up on everything.
Suicides and death from drug overdoses skyrocketed. Crime and violence have become more rampant in many cities while anything traditional is also attacked as a form of oppression. And the question of the year for 2022 has got to be What is a Woman?
We seem to be gearing up for a decade that may come to be known as the Moaning Twenties.
It’s not all bad, of course. We’re a step closer to creating nuclear fusion, which is even cleaner for energy production than the fission we’re using now. We’re also making progress in returning to the moon. And tradition isn’t going down without a fight.
The decade is young. It’s having a rough start, but that doesn’t mean it’s doomed for failure. The Roaring Twenties began with a whoop and ended with a crash. The Moaning Twenties might be starting with a whimper, but maybe that’s all the more reason to work toward ending with a whoop.
We won’t know unless we try….