Thursday, August 09, 2012
The problem in defence is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
Getting dark. Corner of Sandy Bay Road and Hampdon Road, Battery Point. July 2012.
Theme Thursday and this week is one for RECOLLECTIONS. You know, memories. Nostalgia. Remembering. Recall.
A time when everyone was nicer. Everyone was more moral, ethical. More polite, more genuine, more reliable. People were hardworking. Kids were considerate. Men were made of sterner stuff and women had more respect for themselves.
Communities stuck together. Things had value and people valued things other than things. People had values and values meant something. A dollar was a dollar, a pound was a pound and we all knew where we stood.
You remember. Streets were clean. Men doffed their caps, women demurred with grace. Children feared the consequences of things and our leaders had a firm grip on the whip hand.
Times were good. Things were hard but people were harder. People were more resilient. Tougher. Leaner. Meaner. Life was a challenge but we were better at rising to challenges. Dissenters knew their place and we were all better for it.
Well, some of us.
Remember, the most important part of remembering is the forgetting.