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How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
I am 51, almost 52. I am Gen X and grew up in an era where helicopter parenting did not exist. I think they called us *latchkey kids* because our parents gave us a very long leash. Your bike was your most important tool because if you had a bike you had freedom.

In my opinion, American freedom and awesomeness peaked somewhere from 78 to 88. There was no internet, social media, GPS tracking, or cell phones. There were long days and actually hanging out face-to-face with friends that has no comparison to what kids these days experience. And while kids would do dumb things, those stupid things wouldn't follow them around forever because in that world things could be forgiven and forgotten.

I miss that world for myself and my kids.
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shel311
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
Get off my lawn!!!


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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
I knew the world had changed when we had to start locking our doors to the house and to our cars, circa mid to late 60s.


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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
Well said


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Sooner5030
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
Yep....it started with the HMOs dammit.

Always trying to regulate/legislate our way into a utopia.

I grew up during the "you cant do that" "its a free country isnt it" world and miss it.


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auggie
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
The U.S. Peak was 1969-1970, the 5mph bumper requirements and reduced compression engines were the beginning of the end. Not to mention outlawing cherry bombs and m-80s.
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LuckyTiger
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
Today’s society is simultaneously more smothered and more disconnected.


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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
I’m 59 and can relate


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Zach
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
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Your bike was your most important tool because if you had a bike you had freedom.


I'm around the age of your parents. We were more free than you were. We would be called 'free range kids.' Maybe our parents would be arrested today.
From age 5 I had to get out of the house and play. Get home by dark. Sometimes I played with the neighborhood kids. Sometimes I just investigated all of the lethal stuff in my dad's garage. My favorites were the blow torch and the big heavy bottle of mercury. That stuff rolls around like little marbles.
Then there was the big hunk of lead. I don't know why it was there but by 7 I could put the torch on it and melt it.
It was great.
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fischd1
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
I also loved the era where you were free to discuss your opinions openly and without reservations. Today, free speech ally is dead. What the hell happened?


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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
You’re about 3 years older than me. I had similar experiences growing up. We had freedom to try and fail, so we learned. Spent a lot of time outside and came home when I was hungry.


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GaDawg9977
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
Taking God out of society happened. With no objective truth everything is relative and fluid. “Everyman does what is right in his own eyes. “. Ultimately ends up in chaos. As some point there must be a transcendent truth that governs over the whims/feelings of man. We are inherently bad. Nobody wants to admit this. You might be a good person but our natural slant when given a choice is to go against God. Socialism/Humanism is based On the mindset that man is inherently good and without Influence will seek to do good. Which do you think is winning now?


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Walkthedawg
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
Marxist and people kept voting them in. They always had to lie to get your vote and Trump exposed them all and they aren’t happy about it. And who is the father of lies? Jesus discussed this already.


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redneck hippie
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
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also loved the era where you were free to discuss your opinions openly and without reservations.


While I get what you’re saying, I was also raised to not discuss religion or politics in social settings.
I still practice this, I’m surprised at what people share on social media regarding politics, especially business owners.


GaDawg9977
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
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While I get what you’re saying, I was also raised to not discuss religion or politics in social settings. I still practice this, I’m surprised at what people share on social media regarding politics, especially business owners.


As usual this is a one way street. Humanism (atheist, agnostic, etc) is a religion, it’s a worship of man yet no one complains. It’s really not the actual discussion of religion/politics it’s the message that people don’t like. They don’t have a problem with the people they have a problem with God.
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makersmark1
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
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had to get out of the house and play. Get home by dark.


Drinking from any house’s garden hose.
Lunch was a 25 cent tube of buttercream icing fro the bakery close to the school yard.

Played football, basketball, baseball(flies and skinners), etc.


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Walkthedawg
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
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They don’t have a problem with the people they have a problem with God.


More specifically JESUS. Other gods, they don’t have issues with.


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Pecker
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
The thing I've noticed is that when I started school at UT 13 years ago, it wasn't a crime to be a white person. There also wasn't a bunch of nonsense about "campus rape culture." Fraternity life was fun and felt very traditional. Campus life in general was laid back, fun and wasn't very political - at least at UT. The stuff I see going on in Knoxville now is insane to me. I didn't miss that stuff by many years, but I'm glad I did.
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TSmith
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
You notice this a lot a live events. Take a Trump rally, for instance. Instead of spontaneous clapping and cheering, it is thousands of people holding up their phones. It is bazaar and sad.


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GreenRockTiger
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re: How the US has changed in my 33 years of adulthood...
I agree totally - I’m a few years younger than you, and I grew up very similar

My brother and I rode our bikes everywhere - and we grew up in what would be considered dangerous places nowadays

We always had a few bucks between us and we’d ride to a convenience store and buy candy and soft drinks. Back before Covid - the employee at Costco wouldn’t give my 12 year old kid a sample if I wasn’t there with him - wtf?

And there’s of course the copy cat weirdos and sheeple that see shite on tv and have to copy it. Ppl who can’t think for themselves ruined this nation


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