Sunday, December 14, 2008

I just don't get it

Journalism is full of the nostalgic 'things are going to hell in a handcart' brigade. So is blogdom. There seems to be something about a certain class of people who are, on the surface, often very different in their concerns, but share a basic loathing of contemporary life and a longing for something better.

So, the concerns are usually about lack of liberty, which seems to mean obsessing about the tyranny of the ID card proposals, or Islam, or loss of the socially conservative Catholic politics they associate themselves with, or whining on about the destruction of civilisation as they knew it

They share a nostalgia for the past and a social order where what they approve of dominates, and where every single 'negative' incident is used to amplify their personal fears

I wonder why they feel like this? What is it about the past or a strangely unappealing utopia (often linked to curious constructs about Englishness, and often linked to Christian religionism) which motivates these people?

If I had the choice, I would prefer to live in our present situation than look back towards this mythical past. I wonder if it is the knowledge that their ideal will never be fulfilled which makes these people so very angry?

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