Images and stories of the past can often make it seem either glorious or dreadful. Which one do you think it more accurate, and do you think things were really that different in the past when you think about human nature?
I definitely think people do. They talk about how children were much more respectful in the past etc and I think it's quite insulting. I was ALWAYS a respectful child, my kids are respectful. There are a lot of factors that go into it, and the time in which we live isn't top of the list.
All the time. People are always going on about the "good old days" when supposedly everything was better and children respected their elders yadda yadda yadda. I can't hear that sort of thing and not raise an eyebrow. People are people. We're no better or worse than we have ever been. A lot of other things have changed for the better though.
We have cures for diseases lots of people used to die of, in some countries at least we don't live in daily fear of starving to death or being murdered any more.
Movies romanticise the past too. They tend not to show mediaeval peasants covered in filth and nobles covered in scars from diseases.