Andy 5759 writes (at t’other place):
“Wilson said that we’ve never had it so good. He was correct in that poverty as he knew it had been almost erased in this country. Poverty as I knew it in the 1960s has been erased but I’m frequently told that it still exists here. Did you know that some children don’t have online access 24/7? Or that since food banks started up their use has ballooned? Or that shoplifting is carried out to feed the family, with cocaine probably.
We look back in time and see things writ large, youngsters are looking through the wrong end of the telescope, they see things so far, far away. Every time I cite olden days as an example of this or that I’m guilty of being Pythonesque. Even in’t’pub!
We must look back, though we must move forwards towards something like that which was. If wholesomeness, now there’s a word, is to be saved it must first be remembered. As people are waking up from the slumber of plentitude it’s up to us old’uns to gently remind them that things can be better. Good manners, honesty, modesty and even chastity aren’t Victorian ideas. They are sensible, practical and lead to a gentler and easier life for all.
Chesterton and Kipling both referenced the English way of being slow to show anger. We can be enraged as quickly as anyone, quicker in some events. Our manners hide it, we give the benefit of the doubt, allow time for an apology to be given. I don’t suppose either of those writers are on school reading lists today. The telescope to our childhoods is getting longer. Things which didn’t, couldn’t, enter our minds is now happening – and celebrated!
Maybe us old’uns should shut up and be grateful for the taxrifices the young’uns are making for us. After all, sacrifices from us so far, far away are nothing to do with them – are they? (I wonder if Galileo ever discovered how long a telescope can be).
If anyone talks about the Lost Generation I’ll think that they’re talking about a generation of being rather than people. Of being sort of generally nice.
Music, tv commercials, public (watch your Freudian slips here boy) behaviour today would have been unimaginable fifty years ago.
I’m off to listen to some Miles Davis, Bitches Brew maybe. Then some Sun Ra. Then again I might just Take Five.”