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What one believes influences what one sees; whereas, what one feels is determined by one’s closeness (physically or emotionally) to it.
Remoteness, distance, and beliefs can make one feel brave and confident, but as a real ominous force approaches that bravery heads to the rear and fear becomes the new reality. The closer something is to us (physically or emotionally) the greater the feelings and impact it has on our lives. The remoteness of Tommy McLaughlin’s Gangsters on a Boat Tour on Lake Como on May 16, to the real gangster days between 1920—1933, might remind us of the difference between now and then without feeling the harsh reality of it. So, when people complain about politicians breaking the law and getting away with it, maybe it’s not so bad, because back then the gangsters would break some legs and could get away with it.

Those “good old days” weren’t really so good.

By comparison, things are better today so things may not seem so bad, but they are still a long way from being great. It is important to put things in a proper historical perspective to understand today. Like the expression: “good old days,” refers to the day of one’s youth, where everything is new. The first “this” or “first” that, which made everything a new thing, and each new adventure the greatest or worst thing in our lives, because there was little to compare it too. People believed what they were told, until they found things that did not fit or conflicted with what they were told, and adjusted to the new knowledge, but somewhere along that path most people closed their minds and became set in their ways and that put an end to their “good old days” because their ability to adapt and change ended. They now are what they are and that is what they will continue to be unless they become like the child they once were and open their minds, and once again begin to listen to others and once again come to understand their own views, and the reasons they have for their views.

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