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Eventually None oF All This Will Matter In The Least [Mar. 24th, 2019|03:52 pm]
Tony Grist
Our great-grandchildren will look back at Brexit and wonder what we were getting so aerated about. That is, if they can be bothered to think about it at all.

History moves on. Each generation has issues of its own.

Do you know what the Corn Laws were and why people on both sides of the debate got so angry about them? No, neither do I. I looked them up once and then promptly forgot what I'd just read because none it touched me where I live.

As Eliot wrote of the sides in the English Civil War;

These men, and those who opposed them
And those whom they opposed
Accept the constitution of silence
And are folded in a single party

And so it will be with Brexit.

[User Picture]From: topum
2019-03-24 06:26 pm (UTC)
People worry about how it will affect them and their children who are already alive not just our great-grandchildren though. If we adopt the above logic we should stop being bothered about everything, because none of it will matter in the end.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-24 07:10 pm (UTC)
Things can be important and bothersome at one level and unimportant and not the least bit bothersome at another. it's not a case of either/or but of both/and.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2019-03-24 07:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, then you just mean the generic "everything will pass and be forgotten in the end" thing, got it. Yeah, so it will be with everything and with Brexit too of course. Unfortunately that never helps with what to do (or how to take) now.

Edited at 2019-03-24 07:34 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-24 08:22 pm (UTC)
No, it doesn't- but I think it takes some of the angst out of the situation.
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From: ambezi
2019-03-24 10:53 pm (UTC)
Indifference is a weak emotion, so perhaps the weak deserve their fate.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-25 01:06 pm (UTC)
Care about the things you can change, not so much about those you can't.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2019-03-25 09:05 am (UTC)
When history is taught in schools as a dry list of Bills passed and battles fought and dates, then yes, I suppose it's easy to think "And none of this was important in the end."

But if you study local history, put some names to people who experienced these events, you maybe get a different perspective. These things mattered at the time, and perhaps they still matter. Living near Tolpuddle,I've grown up thinking of the Corn Laws as this monstrous injustice - enriching the owners of landed estates at the expense of making the poor spend most of their income on bread...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-25 01:20 pm (UTC)
I think both perspectives are valid- and true. I'm all for living with contradiction.
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