It seems that many people look back at a previous generation or times and wish they had been born then. It has got me thinking. Is there some kind of human nature psychological concept at work? Does each generation always wish they were born in the previous? Does this concept stretch back across hundreds (thousands?) of years of generations through different countries, empires, political and economic systems? For example, I am 25 years old. It seems my father's generation was better than mine. Did my father wish he was part of his father's generation? Did my grandfather wish he was part of his father's generation? Continuing the pattern until you go back a substantial amount of time in history? Does human nature keep us from being 100% content with the current times? Why does the past always appear more appealing than the current time? Why does each generation look at the one following them and believe they will be less intelligent, wealthy, responsible, logical, efficient, or patriotic?