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Re: CHAT Which world? Which culture?

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 22, 2003, 13:05
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From: "Ian Spackman" <ianspackman@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 12:59 PM
Subject: Re: CHAT Which world? Which culture?

> At 07:03 16/07/03, Joe <joe@...>wrote: > > >And the British, of course, who still, for some reason, think they
> > Do you think? I'd have said the British would *like* still to matter, but > aren't really under any such delusion. > > And of course, we're supposed to be *ashamed* of our past glories, because > colonialism is out of fashion. We're supposed to pretend we never did > anything that wasn't evil, and that most of the world's problems are our > fault. (In fact I've heard that the history taught in schools is now > pretty much down to Communism and Fascism, so we don't have to talk about > anything so evil as ourselves.)
I think its an inevitable conflict between a nostalgia for an imperial past, and a self hate inflicted by that past. Which makes things very difficult indeed.
> Ian >