Tuesday, 30 July 2013

"England's Dancing Days Are Done."



It feels as if we in the UK are sleep walking through this early part of the twenty-first century. That all our hopes and aspirations gathered since the end of the second world war, the dreams of the beat generation, the baby boomers with their beads and flowers, the punks with their nihilistic views have been given laudanum. Education has granted the working class the intellect required to not only gain knowledge but information with which to build a freer, better world but the educated have switched off, have been subsumed into, numbed by, the feel of comfort that increased wealth brings. To quote from Pink Floyd they are all "Comfortably Numb." I think that should ring alarm bells. This is not the time for lethargy. It is not a time to shrug one's shoulders, settle back and think ‘oh well.’ 

This era reminds me, oddly perhaps, of the time of Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley; not so much in its decadence but in its willful complacency. It feels similar to when you are reading a book, at that moment when sleep invades the scene and in the nanosecond spent reading from one word to the next you drift in then out of waking dream and in that split second a variety of surreal scenarios flash by – all of them false. That is the state we find ourselves in today. We should fear this age. We should fear it and from that fear wake up before another Wehrmacht arrives.

"Take me back to England
and the grey, damp filthiness of ages.
Fog rolling down behind mountains
and on the graveyards and dead sea captains."
words from a song, "The Last living Rose," by Polly Jean Harvey



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6 comments:

Tempest Nightingale LeTrope said...

It's the same story on this side of the pond. Gone are the days of middle class prosperity, where even the working classes had a chance at a good time. I make more money per hour than ever in my life, and have less than ever.

Russell C.J. Duffy said...

When decent, hardworking people get bugger all out of their efforts, something, somewhere is very wrong then.

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

It's the Fall of Rome.

Russell C.J. Duffy said...

Nessa>>>Brilliantly put. Yes, it is. Not just here but throughout the western world.

LeeKwo said...

Yes my friend its my generation that are at fault/In the 60s we had the power and the numbers and the incentive but the collective was broken up into cults by the Big Power and we spent more time arguing points of order than creating order and freedom and now look what a mess we have let loose/We will never have that opportunity again/As the New York Dolls said Dont it make you feel sick/Regards Ice cream for Kwo

Russell C.J. Duffy said...

Lee>>.Yours and my generation mate. When America went on the rampage during that fine but over glorified decade we Brits threw a party glad to be top of the tree again in the pop charts. London was swinging just as the axe was being ground to razor sharpness. Capitalism is not to blame. We are. We who keep voting the same old con men in time after time. There surely must be someone out there we can truly trust?