The golden city on the hill. Its on fire.

January 15, 2012


Midnight in Paris. Good movie. Led to a fight. An old argument between myself and what’s his name. An old and dear friend. Talking about golden age. You hear it in politics. Republicans are always harking back to some golden time in the past when everything was great. And some how America got off track.

Our argument was more mundane. Its whether hockey is better now. Than it used to be in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Once again its about a golden era. Although the present time is the only time we have, it will not be thought of as a great era. In every field. In culture. I’m with Hegel. Who believed that the light of humanity (the best) was passed from place to place. That the great ideas and movements in creative thought moved from one art to another. At one time it was in architecture. At another in music. Theatre dominated another time. And carried the ideals of civilization that we lived by now.

The novel dominated in the 19th century. In the 20th century it has been cinema. Who knows which medium will carry most of our ideas? And there is nothing to say that whatever that medium, that it won’t be someplace else. In Midnight in Paris there is an argument about eras. Not places. No one argues that the great art and ideas of the late 19th and early 20th century took place in Winnipeg. It was Paris and since then New York.

A golden time. It always happens in our 20s and 30s. Its as much about our own growth as anything else.

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