Posted by La Demoiselle (Danielle) on July 16, 1997 at 15:02:00:
In reply to Longing for, and an almost irrational preference for the period posted by Amy on July 14, 1997 at 13:32:32
Anybody else feel this way?
It's true that mores were more sensible and dress not so confining. I find myself thinking with disparagement about other eras, too, in comparison, including my own.
To every era you have pros as well as drawbacks. I find the Regency period more elegant than today's. I'm not saying that there aren't elegant things today...but it is rare to find it. We are in a society where everything and anything is allowed, it seems that our definitions and judgement of good and bad taste seem distorted.
Other aspects that I do find better about the Regency are things had to do with consequence (of actions), responsibility and respectibility (towards others as well as one's self). People also were taught better manners back then...
Today, lack of respect (in general), lack of courtesy, and bad manners are the most prevalent things in today's society. Especially shocking is to see those bad characterisics in people that supposedly have a good education...
Maybe these bad characteristics also lie in the difference in European and American culture (besides time).
The only drawbacks (I can think of right now) about the Regency is lack of medical knowledge (painkillers, testing and treating disease, medicines...), and the technology to do certain things (like computers, e-mail, fax, phone, etc.)
(Sorry to have made it an essay...)
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