Old And New
5 July 2021
One of my favourite phenomenon: something very new, and something very old, casually and almost accidentally juxtaposed. The years, and years of time, and technological development, and the social, intellectual, philosophic and moral development that went alongside it – totally ignored. Just the stark contrast between that which was from a time BEFORE, and that which is clearly from a time AFTER. It always reminds me that there was a world before me, and my generation – a valuable lesson for anyone. It puts things in perspective. Lets me understand that some things are worth protecting, keeping and celebrating. Even as I should always, always, try to reach for better, and try to improve things. More than anything, it lays bare the false dichotomy of conservative/progressive as a naked figurehead, parading it through the street so that the honest can laugh at it. It’s hard to remember that sometimes, with no reminders around. One might be tempted to think that one’s 3- bedroom Tuscan lifestyle development represents the sum total of humanity’s journey, otherwise.

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at petervanderwalt.com. Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.