by Theodore Dalrymple (December 2009)
A difficult lesson to learn and to accept, emotionally if not intellectually, is that there is rarely gain in society entirely without loss. That is surely one of the reasons why nostalgia is so common a response to the passage of time: it is not only lost youth that is regretted, but a lost world, at least in some or other of its aspects. more>>>
reading TD sir's- indfference to his age and experience- is like sitting in a club over a drink and talking to an elder gentleman in passing initially but who by his observations/turn of phrase draw you into an interesting, free wheeling conversation. May not agree but cannot really contest as generic observations of the human state. Please keep writing!
It is a shame, as it is a shame about the East End communities of Jews dying out. Yet in the latter case, the cause is partly Jewish success - communities have done well and moved out to Golders Green, Hendon and Hampstead. And who would wish them to stay in the East End to feed our nostalgia?
The paddy fields of Vietnam, with their water buffalo, coolie hats and shoulder poles look much more picturesque than the sweatshops in which young Vietnamese now work. But would we still wear those rose-coloured spectacles if we had to bend double in the mud ourselves?
Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.