Sunday, 20 December 2009

Remember How Our Country Used To Be?

Courtesy of Goodnight Vienna on Calling England, which I repost as the words bear repetition.

Green Islands (1954)

It's sobering to consider the change of pace and the degradation of some aspects of society wreaked in just fifty-five years. Nowadays the voice-over wouldn't do at all - far too sexist, m'dear. There were no 'security guards' in high-viz jackets confiscating parents' cameras or demanding to see CRB checks and no-one threatening to arrest the man feeding the ducks on the grounds that he was littering (yes; it happened). There's been a collective, national, loss of innocence; progress is essential and wonderful but not at the expense of a country's heart and soul - there are things we can still learn from the past.


subrosa said...

WfW, that was when the words trust, embarassment and shame were part of our society. Now the latter two seldom exist as people feel 'entitlement' regardless and trust is a word which has been severely diluted.

James Higham said...

There's been a collective, national, loss of innocence.

There certainly has been and it manifests itself badly.