“They saw their injured country's woe;
The flaming town, the wasted field;
Then rushed to meet the insulting foe;
They took the spear, - but left the shield.”
Berlin looked so beautiful -- clean, orderly, gracious, urbane in 1900.A great treat to see the way a civilized city looked before the ravages of MODERNITY took over! What a poignant reminder of all we have lost -- or thrown away -- because of the emergence of rotten-but-seductive ideologies dreamt up by evil geniuses implemented by demented-but-charismatic leaders.
Seams surreal, doesn't it?
Yo would enjoy this too, I'm sure, FJ:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPgbIK002usMoscow in the Winter of 1908 accompanied by Borodin's tone poem "From the Steppes of Central Asia"I shall post this evocative footage, myself, soon.
Surreal? Perhaps, but my primary reaction was, "Isn't it a mercy that we cannot tell what lies ahead?"If any of us knew the future, few would be able to summon enough courage to bother to live at all.
Wow. I didn't realize how "civilized" life in Russia was back then. It could have as easily been Paris.
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