Sometimes we create fictional characters to speak the truth out loud:

Tradition is a trap. It allows people to stick their head in the sand.

Everything in the past was so quaint, so charming. Times were simpler. Kids didn’t have sex. Neighbors knew each other.

It’s a freaking fairy tale. Things sucked then too. It just sucked without indoor plumbing

– Luke, in Gilmore Girls S01E08

“Things just aren’t like they used to be”

Nobody is nostalgic for the communist era, but many people are nostalgic for their youth

Ivan Klima, a Czech novelist (Source)

People come to rock concerts, Mr Springsteen writes, “to be reminded of something they already know and feel.”