‘Old Order Changeth’ – But Is It Progress (For Better]
By Someswar Bhagwath
Shakespeare has not observed ‘Old Order Changeth, Yielding Place to New’ It was said by Alfred Tennyson. but means the same, as did the Bard’s roses, by any name. Ordinary people say, but the greats like him observe. He also spake, being given licence, while lesser mortals have only spoke). But is it progress?
Speaking in Capitals (as only the English can) or small letters, change is the norm of life. What exists, especially if it lives, has to change, but all change (whether in living or other things) is not progress .
Progress is defined as change for the better. Change, as inevitable as it may be, is not always for good. It is just change or, in some cases, can also be ‘regress’.
Examples of the latter phenomena are plenty. Forty years ago the children respected parents (and all elders). Now there is a role reversal: elders respect children. Then all sought children but now many don’t (out of fear).
Forty years ago, marriage was easy but divorce was difficult. Now it is difficult getting married but easy to get divorced.
Forty years easy, we knew all the neighbours. Now we are our neighbors to see it it would love a a a a bit about that the following document to to see it it would would not sure why I I I was was was wondering why is is it was was 9886 are strangers
Forty years ago, people had to eat a lot because they needed the energy to work hard. Now we are afraid to eat fatty foods for fear of cholesterol.
Forty years ago, villagers were flocking to the city to find jobs. Now the town people flee to rural areas to find peace.
Forty years ago, to be fat was to be healthy and happy. Now all diet to look healthy.
Forty years ago, rich people pretended to be poor as riches were ‘vulgar’. Now the poor pretend to be rich..as money matters.
Forty years ago, only one person worked to reed a family of many. Now husband and wife both work to support only one child and save for old age as the child abandons them.
Forty years ago, people loved to study and read books; now they update Facebook and read only WhatsApp messages.
A lot of changes, but no progress