Yesterday my wife and I went to the Art Institute to check out a couple of exhibits that we had been interested in hearing about. One of those exhibits was the collection of works from the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine empires. There was one piece in particular in that exhibit that struck me. It was a sculpture of the head of a noble woman, I think from the late Roman or early Byzantine period. The description talked about how the sculpture’s hair was done in a very traditional style that dated back to a much earlier period. Apparently noblewomen started doing their hair in that style as a way of expressing their longing for an earlier, simpler time. It was funny to me, because it just shows that there are always people reminiscing about past years when things were simpler and, implicitly, better.
Those people should be ignored. Keep moving forward