Reader J. wanted to let me know that I owe everyone a great big apology. When I wrote my two columns about how much better life is today than it was 40 or 50 years ago and how much better life will likely be in the future, it did not sit well with J. He’s 84, lives in a trailer on Social Security, and needs a magnifying glass to read because of macular degeneration.

Didn’t I know that life was hard? It’s an insult to people of his generation for me to say how great life is. Apologize. Now. Fair enough. I certainly did not mean to say that everyone’s life is filled with limitless food buffets and great health. Nor did I mean to suggest that everyone was financially secure.

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