Nostalgia as Buyer’s Remorse
We often fail to realize that by categorizing the past as better than the present, we overlook the fact that the “good ol’ days” are the antecedent to the “lesser present day” that we are looking back from. Therefore, it stands to reason that the undesirable reality of today is a result of the desirable days we so fondly remember. The good ol’ days are likely a cause for the state of our current reality. Perhaps yesterday was “good” because we didn’t know what we didn’t know. Now that we do, we still manage to look back fondly on the days that seemed so good. So perhaps what made the ol’ days good is the bliss of ignorance. Nostalgia in a sense can be the same as buyer’s remorse.