April 28, 2017
Many people consider the past to be both old and bad. I try not to assume that what is old is bad. Nor do I believe that time necessarily brings progress. For example, there are times when a person can look back and say, “We took a turn back there and it might have been bad decision.” Though time may have passed, spending years going down the wrong road is not progress.
Below I have listed items that I consider both admirable and worthy of mention. These are aspects of Slovak culture, that, for all practical purposes, Americans once had and have generally parted with. While I did not live in the 1950’s, so many Americans visiting Slovakia have said to me about Slovakia “Well, that’s sort of like how it was in the 1950’s,” that it’s hard to ignore this comparison.
I’d like to know what you think. Does it sound like Slovakia is “stuck” in the 1950’s? Is some of it good? Is some of it bad? I don’t intend to inspire any mindless nostalgia, but perhaps a discussion on what things about America’s past and Slovakia’s present are good and worthy of repetition.
Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.