Originally Posted by ElKabong
... I miss our plane.
Great rant. Well done. In my childhood park it was an old decommissioned steam locomotive. We also had the really tall slides and other stuff.
Seems like our general fear of "something might happen" has run off with much of our actual happiness.
I think also we forget the stuff that was bad and look back with rose colored glasses.
Kids have died unnecessarily. The bullies had more sway in general life than they do now. As a kid, we made due, but a lot of the stuff was really pretty crappy. My kids enjoy the playground every bit as much as I did and have some things that would have blown my mind.
The fact that we just don't have as much space anymore is just reality.
I personally don't give my kids as much free-range as I had, but I don't shelter them as much as most of my peers. They are definitely getting used to their own self-inflicted injuries. For perspective, I installed a zipline in the back-yard for the kids, but only joke about making their friends sign waivers.
In the end, I have to agree that the liability mentality has been a severe detriment to society.