To celebrate my 60th birthday my team gave me an incredible gift, a book of New York Times front pages from each of the past 60 years. A great gift indeed, but also a reminder of the words from Jean-Babtise Alphonse Karr, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Indeed, the more we think things have changed, the more we are reminded they are the same.
Reading through the headlines of the past 60 years I was struck by the familiarity of the messages. Frankly, I thought the headlines were from just yesterday, not five or six decades ago. The patterns seem all too familiar:
- The media openly criticizing and bashing the president
- Muck-raking political journalism (does this sound familiar in today’s political season?)
- Hand wringing over the unemployment rate, and welfare beneficiaries not willing or interested in work
- Negative comments related to business trade with countries we may not be friendly with such as the Russia
- European economy in a slump
- Israel peace talks
- Testing of atomic blasts
- Enemies firing at our naval vessels (Russian MiGs firing at naval boats near Cuba)
- Embassy bombings
Another way of phrasing this point: history repeats.