"We still live in a society that was in large part made by the Victorians. We may affect to despise them, ridicule them, even condemn them. We certainly misunderstand them. Part of this misunderstanding is that we mistake their confidence for arrogance; for we misunderstand the paradoxical nature of that confidence....
We imagine the Victorians as stuffy and orthodox; yet they were the most questioning, most radical and most open-minded generation in our history. Perhaps it is our own arrogance....that prevents our seeing this."
Friday, January 23, 2009
The article from the January 15th Vancouver Sun which I was kindly handed last lecture, titled "We squander the great legacy of the Victorians at our peril" is available online here at its original organ of publication, Britain's Daily Telegraph.