Scrolling through Fredonia’s Facebook alumni page, I found this picture of the 1976 club women’s swimming team.
Thirty-six years later, the varsity women’s swimming team in 2012:
I don’t think I need to point out the differences that signal obvious progress over the last four decades. But that’s not the incredible comparison.
The incredible comparison is that there’s no evidence — none whatsoever — that the people in one picture are any happier than the people in the other.
No, this is not a critique of progress. No rational person would choose to go back to how things were in 1976. It is, however, a reminder that happiness often comes from wanting what you already have.