I didn’t tell you that the last Reflection from 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections was quite a landmark, being the first of the second chapter. The first chapter contained 34 mirror poems and reflections, and was titled Personal-Psychological.
Hi, it’s William Werewolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth.
The second chapter was titled Social, and today we have the second of 19 Reflections in that section.
As Reflection 25 showed, we often hanker after long lost times, that are mostly in our minds now from movies and books, and our imaginations.
The old days and cultures often seem romantic and fun, but the historical reality is that they were often nasty, brutish and short, as described by Thomas Hobbes in the 17th century.
Today’s 24-hour global news and social media brings home the brutality of war more than ever, showing the reality of war, and especially the horrors of ‘uncivilised war’, making reminisces about the old days even less appealing.
Future Progression in Britain
Britain is progressing in some ways, but in others it seems to be regressing. It is the same in other parts of the world.
I don’t want a return of pagan sacrifices, and therefore don’t want to import equally cruel practises from other cultures. Britain should continue progressing with humanitarian laws for everyone.
When Marc Latham was in Bolivia in 1994 he went to their Winter Solstice celebrations at a stone site similar to those found in Britain, such as Stonehenge, and was impressed that the local holy people had replaced animal sacrifice with plant burning.
Some research suggests the first humans were vegetarian, but I think there is still some conjecture.
Mirror Poem Reflections
Reflection 26 reflected the Folding Mirror poem When Life Looked into the Mirror of Death. I’ll hand you over to Dr. Marc Latham:
When I started writing Folding Mirror poems I was looking for an ideal identity, hoping that I would find ancestors I could really relate with; maybe in line with the hippy ideal.
But I had to face the reality that the first settler-ancestors were forest-felling, meat-slaughtering, people-sacrificing humans.
They also did great things of course, such as surviving in harsh conditions, creating art and stone circles, and worshipping nature.
In other words, they lived like most human communities around the world, before being invaded by other humans with superior technology.
While the ancients’ world seems better than ours in many ways; such as freedom, space and the amount of nature; for comfort, peacefulness and human rights ours seems preferable.