Perhaps with age one tends to be cynical and skeptical of things which in the past you would discount. I am no different than most. I do feel that I am generally more open to change than most my age.
I am optimistic, as always, about our country's future, however I do feel that there is a reluctance on the part of all our politicians to tackle the hard challenges (deficits, entitlements, policeman of the world, Social Security, Medicare, healthcare). The Federal Reserve's unwillingness to move off the zero bound continue to create serious economic distortions.
Likewise, I feel our corporate leaders are making decisions that are more short term oriented (stock buy backs, lack of reinvestment in productive activities, executive compensation, unfairness of compensation between executives and the average worker) rather than investing in the future growth for the company and employees (shareholder orientation). Today's hearings concerning Wells Fargo, who I am a client of, demonstrates how the shareholder has been put in front of both the long term benefit of the company and it's employees. Unfortunately Wells Fargo is not an exception.
I do see some correlation to the current period and the post Vietnam era. That is, Middle East wars and post period country malaise as Jimmy Carter called it. Lastly, I do believe there is a credibility GAAP, between what is the true earnings of S&P 500 and the Wall Street narrative.
Hope your running is going well. I missed all of last week; the wife and I drove over to the Oregon coast for our birthdays. I'm 66 and she's 62, both eligible for Social Security now! I ran tempos on the track yesterday and felt the time off, and I gained two pounds. Doesn't take much slacking to put things in reverse.