The past six months have alerted me to a number of critical phenomena that are emerging in society. As our parents’ generation of war-timers seem to be passing away before our very eyes, the culture of yesterday seems to be going with it. Cities like the one we live in are going vertical; new and improbable governments are forming; the use of crypto-currency is on the rise; expertise is now the domain of the common man; and the old customs and best practices are getting tossed in the interest of finding something more democratically innovative. Even the new Toyota cars we are looking at that aren’t electric have so much more to offer than the 2007 Corolla we are presently driving, so much so that sitting behind the wheel makes you feel like you are in a racing car ready to burn up the track. The mantra that it is time for change seems to be ringing ever loud these days as the movers and shakers in society push their economic, political, and social agendas. We are now in a time when populism is on the rise and anything that stands in the way of the will of the people is nothing more than selfish 1% elitism. Politically correct or the language of censorship is now being challenged, not only in the courts but on campuses, in homes and on the streets. In Victoria alone, six street names have recently been changed because certain parties have complained that they have been offended. The poor, the homeless, the socially outed, the unemployed and visible minorities are now coming together to demand their time in the sun. Inevitably, it will be the good old taxpayer who will be saddled with the bill to make their collective lives better, that is, if economic growth continues to hold above 3%.  If history has anything to say about heightened expectations being dashed, as they were during the French and Russian revolutions, movements to put the feet of the establishment, over a range of issues from protecting the environment to public housing to affordable healthcare generally wear down as supporters tire of waiting for the big payoff. As a moderate conservative Christian, who believes in the biblical enjoyment for godly contentment,  I do not change my core values in order to adjust to the supposed new realities of a very fickle society. In fact, there is a part of me that might even be somewhat retrogressive: back to the past. Yesterday, my sister gave me a number of items from her garage  in the hope that I might be able to use them. In the  collection was a sixteen-year old paper shredder barely used, the complete collections of  Mr. Bean and The Office, my late stepdad’s virtually unused electric razor and a few mementos from our gran’s era. Looking around our condo you would likely find reminders that we are truly behind the times and enjoying every moment of it: I love old movies, old titles, old clothes, old cars, old friends, old teams, old recipes, roast my own coffee, cut my own hair and like to hold my sweetheart’s hand in public. By the way, all these characteristics are part of my identity built up over the years of observing other contented people.