Coming soon: Building a bridge to the 19th century

You will recall that a few years ago politicians stressed the need to build a bridge to the 21st century. That was precisely the opposite of a critical need in America. In our opinion, building a bridge to the 19th century is one of the most important things we need to do. We will discuss this at length soon. From the Jack Beatty article in the Atlantic in January 2003:

“The American boy of 1854 stood closer to the year 1 than to the year 1900.”
—Henry Adams

We have lost a great deal in the last 100+ years, particularly in the last two generations, even though our lives have doubled in length and we are ten or a hundred times richer. We do not have to give up these good things to reclaim the old; but we risk the good things if we do not reclaim the old.

2 Responses to “Coming soon: Building a bridge to the 19th century”

  1. DL Says:

    “We have lost a great deal in the last 100+ years, particularly in the last two generations”

    Truer words were never spoken. This thinking is not the result of a nostalgic reactionary muddled mind. Ask anyone who is retired what has been sacrificed since the great sixties revolution.

    Sure we gained stuff, but so did the Titanic get a sudden abundance of free ice before they sank!

  2. Bird Dog Says:

    Hope you don’t mind if I nit-pick. I agree with your sentiments, but the life span thing is sort-of semi-wrong. It’s a good example of how statistics can distort facts. The average life span has increased since 1850, but if you omit the deaths from infectious disease in infancy and childhood, it hasn’t changed very much. Because of those now-treatable diseases of childhood, deaths in the mid-1800s had a bi-modal distribution, and now they do not – at least in the USA.

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