You find wisdom in unexpected places, as in this provocative quote from Davy Jones, not the former Monkee but a WW I-era outfielder for the Detroit Tigers:
By the turn of the century, you know, we didn’t have the mass communication and mass transportation that exist nowadays. We didn’t have as much schooling, either. As a result, people were more unique then, more unusual, more different from each other. Now people are all, more or less, alike, company men, security minded, conformity — that sort of stuff. In everything, not just baseball.
From The Glory of Their Time: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It by Lawrence Ritter