Saturday October 10th 2015
one hand Medieval Saints might appear as mythological
characters. Examples of a long gone past time when not
much was written down, a huge randomness in spelling,
very poor grammar, and the kind of peer review that
relied heavily on battle axes, shields and swords. Yet
on the other hand Medieval people were not that much
different to you or I. And one theme in Vestry at Monnow
is the extent to which what some think of as "education"
- or "progress" perhaps - has made any difference
whatsoever to the fundamental equations and imperatives
of being alive.
One answer is
"No." Certainly your writer of pulp has been vaccinated, his
head's been X-rayed, he's had his tonsils out, he has access
to Oranges where Oranges don't grow, and he's sitting in
front of and typing upon a device that William Caxton would
have considered a miracle. But in terms of the fundamental
equations of being alive, while the details and direction of
"progress" might have been a little fuzzy, all this and more
was a predictable consequence of a tool making species
energetically engaged in making tools.