Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Yesterday, today, for ever...
As I've said before, I enjoy reading the blogs of police, paramedics and teachers, as many of these people are feeling the same sort of bewilderment I am (and no doubt you are too) about the ills of society.
Here, however, are some quotes from the days when blogs were presumably kept on paper or even parchment rather than in cyberspace:
"In every department of our nation, industry, commerce and agriculture, there is no hope."
Disraeli in 1852.
"The world is passing through troublesome times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they know everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness to them. As for the girls, they are immodest and unwomanly in speech, behaviour and dress."
Peter the Monk in 1274.
"When I look at the younger generation, I despair of the future of civilisation." Aristotle, in the year 300BC.
A long time ago a very wise man, in his interesting wee book called Ecclesiastes (found in the Jewish and Christian Bibles) said this: "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."
I find that oddly comforting.