Originally Posted by sneuman
I accept the critique, but there are decidedly fewer "firsts" left in today's world. That does affect our collective outlook, I think.
Affecting our collective outlook? mmmmm......I think I have an idea of what you are talking about, but maybe the lack of "big" firsts (at least from a Eurocentric viewpoint, as after a long and arduous journey the "first" person to discover somewhere / take a certain route
usually also "discovered" locals who had been living happily for eons
) is not so much of a problem,.......more that perhaps collectively in the West we have run out of big ideas to excite (or scare) the imagination and to strive for (and against!) and even if the average Joe / man on the Clapham Omnibus was not a direct part of "it", they still felt they were part of a greater purpose / enterprise........of course not to say that a lot of these were not complete b#llocks - and that's the problem nowadays.........too much edukation
for the plebs - can smell nonsense even if they can't see it or articulate it.