Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thoughtcrime of the day ~ Material advancements have not been good for humanity

Because it seems clear that human beings are incapable of avoiding being corrupted by material comforts. As Steyn (may he be forever in print) put it, we seem more willing, every time, to trade the higher things for the lower, the primary for the secondary.

I know that some things are wonderfully better than they used to be: the new miracles of surgery, public attitudes to the disabled, the health and well-being of children, intelligent concern for the environment, the massive strides in science and technology.

Yes, there are material blessings and benefits innumerable which were unknown in our youth.

But much has deteriorated. The United Kingdom has begun to look more like a Third World country, shabby, littered, ugly, run down, without purpose or direction, misruled by a typical Third World government, corrupt, incompetent and undemocratic.
George MacDonald Fraser, OBE


Anonymous said...

That nice man is welcome to come over to my house and diaper my infants without disposable diapers or running hot water. I am perfectly content to eliminate material comforts if those who wish it are willing to make up the new servant class.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I see he's dead. Perhaps I could have his services from beyond the grave?