Is nostalgia any good for us? Yes and no. Here are my thoughts on it...
It's quite common, especially amongst people with a passion for pop culture items, to be nostalgic about the past. After all, our interests in comics, film, music, or whatever tends to stem from our early experiences when we were children.
Other people are very rarely nostalgic, considering the past to be something to always move away from without any sentimental attachment. They consider nostalgia to be an uneccesary burden that should be left in the past.
Are they right? Is it unhealthy and time-wasting to be nostalgic? As with everything I think it's about moderation.
If one is yearning to be back in the past again on an obsessive level then I think that's unhealty. We can never return to childhood, or any point in our pasts, so hankering for that impossibility is absolutely pointless and a waste of the precious time we have remaining. However, I think most of us reflect on the past at times because it brings us comfort and happiness. We're still very focused on the present and the future but the past is what made us who we are, so it's important because it's part of us.
In terms of pop culture, I see no harm in enjoying a song, film, or comic from the past on an entertainment level or to appreciate the craft. In fact a lot of comics and movies I like are from *before* I was born, so that's not nostalgia. It's an appreciation of style. Besides, anything we haven't absorbed before is "new" to us, whether it be a day old or from 70 years ago.
We've all encountered the types who become so fixated on the past that they become embittered about modern culture being "not like it used to be". However, nothing was *ever* like it used to be. Pop culture has *always* evolved, and I think if we understand that we can appreciate it in its own historical context and learn from it instead of being angry that it no longer exists in that form.
|Yes, it's the same one from the first photo.|