Jack Webb's Dragnet - The Big Departure Speech, 1967

The better things get, the worse people act.

Posted by ghostsniper at November 16, 2016 8:36 AM

In the book of John, when Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well and tells her he can give her living water, do you know what she immediately imagined? Something like a faucet in her house, so she'd never have to trudge out to the well again. And all the people who followed him after he fed thousands from the contents of a boy's lunch, they wanted to be fed again; if they could see a modern supermarket, they would surely believe they were in heaven already.

We know better, though. All these conveniences do make life easier and more comfortable, but they don't make us better people. In some cases, they give us the luxury to be far worse.

Posted by Julie at November 16, 2016 11:44 AM

The only things worth anything in life are those earned by your own efforts.

Posted by Vermont Woodchuck at November 16, 2016 3:13 PM

Funny how the simplest things can be the most difficult. The Ten Commandments are quite simple,and formed the bedrock for Western Civilization,and the modern privileged world. The ancient Greeks warned of excess,hubris. We have more information available to more people than any other time on this planet,yet the stardust golden children came thisclose to electing a talking paper doll. And are mightily steamed at being thwarted. Interesting times we live in.

Posted by Nori at November 16, 2016 6:02 PM

Great comments above.
I hope it is not true that increased prosperity necessarily leads to a dearth of common sense.
But, recent times would seem to indicate that prosperity is a condition that erodes character.
Don't really know what to do with that conclusion.
Keep your powder dry, everyone!

Posted by orcadrvr at November 16, 2016 6:49 PM

"Dragnet spoke truth to my generation. We didn't listen."

The hippies and "progressive minded people" that I knew back then despised the show and everything about it.

Posted by pst314 at November 17, 2016 4:14 AM