Do you think that young people today, raised by helicopter parents and with instant electronic entertainment always available have the same grasp of ethics as past generations who grew up interacting with other people on playgrounds?>>96932053
And Plato wrote that in a time of political unity and peace, shortly before unrest and splintering political interests led to a period of war among the Greek states and the conquest of Greece by Macedon.>>96940053
There have been plenty of generations that were worse off than the previous one by a variety of measures. Civilizations rise and fall, and the fall is generally not very pleasant for the ones going through it. In the modern US, successive generations are worse off than the Boomers in a variety of economic and other measures.>>96954755
History following particular repeating patterns doesn't mean that nothing really changes. The opposite, actually. Without changes, there would be no patterns. There really are differences in behavior in different times and places that produce meaningful societal differences. For example, do you think that the modern rates of drug use and unwed parenthood have always been as they are? The saying is that those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it, not that there's no point to understanding history since nothing changes.