‘Shiny’ and ‘New’ certainly have their place in society even as we go about appreciating the past as richness of the present.
The kaleidoscope of the moment contains a variety of ideas, themes and input deriving from yesterday, today and in a certain sense also tomorrow. The value of the whole justifies the single pieces. Possibly, for this reason, we should engage in appreciating the past as richness of the present.
With built-in obsolescence ingrained in many items, it is difficult to imagine being able to propose a similar enquiry in say five hundred years with reference to today’s constructions and the like. Nevertheless, as stated before, all items – ancient, actual and who knows even future ones – add to the wealth of the present.
It is natural to move from merely appreciating the past as richness of the present to asking how to go about appreciating and using what we have without destroying it as we do so. The dilemma regarding public consumption and private conservation is perhaps best left to others as it falls outside the scope of this post.
In any case, being grateful for the efforts of long-gone artists who created so much beauty for us to still enjoy is potentially a way of appreciating the past as richness of the present.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.
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