Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The 1950's

Yesterday, I revisited the area where I grew up sixty years ago and this involved a visit to an inn several centuries old. Immediately, we see the appeal of biographies, histories, historical fiction and time travel fiction.

To live through the 1950's and '60's in Penrith, Cumberland, recording events and experiences for the Time Patrol - I would:

see my mother and younger self attending a Latin-rite Catholic Church;
read the newspapers, knowing in general what was to come;
watch the two British TV channels - in fact, only one of them accessible there until some time in the '60's;
avoid political arguments - what would be the point, knowing in advance the outcome of every election and the long term future of mankind?

A time traveler can more easily adopt the non-attached but hopefully also compassionate attitude that some of us approach through meditation.

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