Sorry to be Such a Downer, But Sometimes it Comes With the Territory

“In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” This quote, uttered by Alfred Tennyson in his poem “Locksley Hall” written in 1835, still rings true today…or does it? Consider the differences from Tennyson’s time in the 19th century, through the 20th, and into the 21st century; a full one hundred eighty years.jack the ripper

  • The 19th century produced great literature such as A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The 20th century produced literature of a different kind, but great in its own right, like Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series and Needful Things.


  • 19th century bathing practices were mainly in cold water unless you had a way to heat the water before it went into the bath tub. During the summer, many bathed in open water. The poor would bath approximately once a week, while the more well to do, as much as twice a day.
  • 20th century, except for hot water, see paragraph above.


  • 1879, Joseph Lawrence develops Listerine.
  • 21st century, bad breath still exists.


  • 19th century, over 13 million deaths in major wars.
  • 20th and 21st century wars, claimed over 160 million lives.


  • In 1888, Jack the Ripper savagely murders at least 5 prostitutes in London.
  • 20th and 21st century, too many examples to mention; sadly, it not only continues, but escalates exponentially.


It seems the more civilized we become, the more barbaric our actions.

God help us all.

Just don’t be afraid to ask.

“The bitterest truth is better than the sweetest lie”  Griffin MIB III

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