I wish I could say that my writing offers me the same ability to “wipe away all the unpleasantness of the day”, but when I stumbled across this interview I firstly wondered, if Ruth felt this way in 1984 then I wonder what she would have said about 2017?
And then I remembered an old saying my father used to quote at various times throughout my youth:
“Times may change, but people don’t“.
I’ve now lived long enough to see the wisdom in his words. Any student of history knows this truth as well.
Which is why I find the romanticism of fictional dramas set in historical times to have lost its appeal.
A younger me would have swooned and sighed with stories about a strong, young man rescuing a damsel and making her his bride. But now, I can only “suspend disbelief” for so long before stark truth comes crashing in like a jolt of cold water to the face.
I love the film noir stories of the 1940’s and marvel at the manner, dress, and customs of the time – until I remember the plight of women and horrors of WWII.
“Outlander” is a wonderful fantasy about a woman from post-WWII travelling back two centuries into the Scottish Highlands. It’s very romantic. Until I start thinking what is was like to live during an age of oppressive brutality and ignorance.
If I was given the chance to live during another time-period, I’d choose the future. Because even if “people” don’t change, thankfully “times” do!