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Urban prophet warns we're drifting to `dark age', 15.5.04


"... a huge number of Torontonians have no cultural memory of debates and battles and delightful pleasures that have vanished from the city's landscape. Neither do they recall dragons slain, like the Spadina Expressway. Unless we keep the memory alive, person to person, neighbour to neighbour.

'Cultures live through word of mouth and example,' the 88-year-old Jacobs writes in Dark Age Ahead, her seventh book. 'Writing, printing, and the Internet give a false sense of security about the permanence of culture. Most of the million details of a complex, living culture are transmitted neither in writing nor pictorially.'

Families are the instruments, the conduit. So, too, are our schools and institutions, bolstered by elected representatives. Our great minds and scientists are supposed to help perpetuate the culture through rigorous inquiry and experimentation and innovation.

But these 'pillars' of Western culture are under deep stress -- so much so that Jacobs feels she must blow the whistle on the gloomy future awaiting us if we don't wake up.

'This is both a gloomy and a hopeful book,' says the first line of Dark Age. Jacobs explains during an interview: 'I don't think we've reached one of those terrible points of no return. We've been doing a lot of things wrong, and this is a kind of wake-up call.'"



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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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