I have been visiting the States six years ago with my family. One of our visits was ‘the grand canyon’.
What struck me most is the time it took me to understand what I saw. I still remember that I looked down, and was a little bit disappointed. It was beatiful alright. But I wasn’t immediately impressed. The reason for that I understood later. I didn’t have yet a reference for the magnitude and the scale. It took me one and a half day to devop that, looking from sereral points (such as Hopi point). Slowly, I started to really see what I saw, to get an idea of the scale. Then I was impressed greatly.
You could call this the paradox of the new. There is a strong wish for innovation, but we fail hard to see changes that are happening right in front of us, for we haven’t yet developped a reference. Maybe this is the reason for the age-old tradition to see society sliding down. From the very first writings of the ancient greek, writers notice a downward moving: the new generations do not do whatever they used to do in the early days, they don’t behave, don’t learn as we think they should. Either we are on a vary long downward slope since early meanhood, or the paradox of the new is at work: we often see change in the form of a detoriation.