The Alchemy of Culture
When culture changes, it is often imperceptible to most people. How many of us thought pink and blue represented something deep in the culture when in fact it is largely a 20th Century phenomenon?
It is why I always say to younger women who claim they are not "feminists": Just try going back to the 1960s workplace and tell me you wouldn't be to the left of Gloria Steinem...
When studying history, culture is often the most difficult thing to grasp. Just think how our views about homosexuality have changed over the past 20 to 40 years, or how sexualized our culture is now when we see two women kiss each other on the cheek, or two men living together such as "The Odd Couple?"
It is also why I think that some people have such a difficult time imagining the 1960s political culture where we actually thought we could do something about poverty and other societal ills. I am not saying we can't, but it is striking how defeatist we have become over the decades.