“I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”― Emma Goldman

January 7th, 2014, 5pm

Of course she would say that, good anarchist that she was. And I agree with her, both aesthetically and ideologically. How sad to think that, for many urban dwellers, roses are now so far out of reach that they might as well be diamonds.

In the wonderful sixties, we (or at least most of us — hippies, new left, new age, peaceniks, beat intellectuals as well as down-to-earth business people like my mom and dad) were optimistic: naive perhaps, ingenuous yes, cynical occasionally, but never defeatist or without hope. Overall, most people were downright hopeful about the future. I remember reading a book called, wait for it, How New will the Better World Be?

In those days, we thought everything was comin’ up roses!

Adrian, Cassie, Lia and Elisa said thanks.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (http://www.cimarron.com.au)

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