Is modern life rubbish and can we do anything about it?

Is modern life rubbish and can we do anything about it?

by Charles Harris
article from Thursday 11, May, 2017

THIS WEEK I have enclosed two images along with some political questions I hope you will find relevant.  The first image is a painting of “Angel Holes over Glenturrett” which I hope,  illustrates and symbolises the simple joys and pleasure of our natural landscape, that is free to us all with eyesight.  

The second image this time is a photograph I have called Wishing opon a  Rainbow and I hope that you will also appreciate how hopeless this appears today.

While bringing you up to date and following the recent terror attack at Westminster, and that article I wrote recently, I did receive an unfavourable comment about producing a rant, for which I sincerely apologise.  With a General Election now happening, however, the news is now full of political rants of every shape and size and it is obviously acceptable for these discussions to occur accordingly. By comparison it seems it is not acceptable to question the status of art, and the appalling impact of unchecked modernism on our world today.

And I am still to hear this challenged in the mainstream media in any positive way; especially regarding the impact which modernism has caused to our way of life, with the failings and misery in art, that is repeated in life.  Ironically this reality would never be acceptable in politics, and would have been discussed to death, and dissected to the smallest possible degree, with appropriate blame rightly attributed, along with public condemnation.

And it was also interesting in the news this week, to learn of a new proposal to educate school children to both memorise and learn good poetry, as well as good old fashioned English prose, as a necessary move to raise the declining standards of our heritage, our culture and the ill effects of its loss.  Yet, while it’s absolutely true that we have to protect and consider the price and value of our writers and poets of English and Classical Literature like Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Milton, Matthew Arnold and the poetry of Keats, Shelley and Byron; it is also vital to be aware of the unmentioned loss of the quality of our national artworks, with long held understandings, the values, virtues and proven benefits of traditional classical painting.

Today we stand at a crossroads.  The effect of modernism has so very much clouded our visions and perceptions,  that people no longer seem to able to appreciate the spontaneity of a beautiful sunrise or sunset.  And it does feel like wishing upon a rainbow to question and ask society to recognise, reform and reverse the stupidity that has gone on endlessly, simply because something is considered modern and unchallengeable.   

So, I should like to ask you, dear readers, to actually think about how many modern things you have in your life, and how many are actually beneficial?  Is it a benefit to be an addicted to a mobile phone?  Is it a benefit be able to do some things much faster than you did before?  Is it of benefit to be living our lives at such a pace, that we cannot appreciate the natural world right under our noses?  And what price do we pay for all of this?  Do we actually need extra mobile network coverage, or faster download speeds for our mobiles, tablets and personal computers, etc, when the price we are paying may be robbing us elsewhere in the quality of lives? And what is the actual price are we are all paying for these modern conveniences? 

Do we know if we are richer people accordingly?  Are there other aspects of our lives we should consider as more important before these conveniences, or example the promotion and teaching of good manners? For is the loss of manners, the loss of traditional benefits of human life, a price that we should so willing pay for modern frills?  Or is this just encouraging the “Anything is okay,”  standards of selfish individualism that ignorantly modern art promotes, before human life, home, family, traditional and human decency?

These are the questions I think we should all like to hear being asked in the coming weeks of this election, in election manifestos, in proposals and political discussions, practically informing who is actually proposing to do anything about this rampant modernism ruining our culture?

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