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The bliss of ferment and change

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William Wordsworth in The Prelude:

Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive
But to be young was very heaven.

Wordsworth refers to the early days of the French Revolution, when change and hope filled the air and on every hand things were full of promise. It went off the rails soon enough, but for a while the intensity of social evolution was breathtaking.

This sort of rapid growth and change hits various aspects of human culture from time to time, stirring by quiet, interactive communication and exchange of ideas and the availability of resources to support such change. In earlier times such communications had to be through geographical proximity—for example, theater in the time of Shakespeare, with appreciative and knowledgeable audiences and a variety of acting troupes and playwrights.

Examples abound: American jazz in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s; shaving soaps and double-edge razors now and over the past decade (with geographical proximity no longer required thanks to the internet); the current emergence of manufacturers of modern cast-iron skillets (much smaller, but equally innovative and intense); the distillery scene in BC today; American popular song from 1900-1950, as documented by Alec Wilder and in various collections of the Great American Songbook.


Written by Leisureguy

15 October 2019 at 6:39 pm

Posted in Daily life

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