By Tony Benn
During this ultimate quantity of diaries, Tony Benn displays at the compensations and the hazards of outdated age.
With the help of a small circle of pals and his nuclear family, he maintains his actions on behalf of social justice, peace and responsibility in public lifestyles, to a history of political swap and the overseas financial crisis.
Following an sickness in 2009 the diaries, saved for over sixty years, stop. released the following along those final diaries are Tony Benn's hugely own insights into the demanding situations of outdated age and failing health and wellbeing, of widowhood,and of relocating out of the kinfolk domestic after sixty years.
Finally, we proportion in Tony Benn's hopes for the longer term in accordance with his years of expertise and his typical optimism.
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The strength of this tradition, its hold on Western man's thought, has never depended on his consciousness of it. Indeed, only twice in our history do we encounter periods in which men are conscious and over-conscious of the fact of tradition, identifying age as such with authority. This happened, first, when the Romans adopted spiritual was tion. tradition classical Greek thought and and thereby decided culture as their own historically that tradition have a permanent formative influence on European civilizaBefore the Romans such a thing as tradition was unknown; to it became and after them it remained the guiding thread to which each new generation the through past and the chain knowingly or unknowingly was bound in its understanding of the with them its own experience.
On the contrary, tions loses it sometimes seems that this power of well-worn no- and categories becomes more tyrannical as the tradition living force and as the memory of its beginning recedes; its coercive force only after its end has come and men no longer even rebel against it. This at least seems to be the lesson of the twentieth-century aftermath of formalistic and it may even reveal its full compulsory thinking, which came after Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche had challenged the basic assumptions of traditional religion, traditional political thought, and traditional metaphysics by consciously inverting the traditional hierarchy of concepts.
Other presences, had once become visible to the eyes of THE CONCEPT OF HISTORY Ancient and Modern /: History and Nature us begin with Herodotus, whom Cicero called pater Mstoriae E:Tand who has remained father of Western history. 1 He tells us in the first sentence of the Persian Wars that the purpose of his enter- to preserve that which owes its existence to men, rot yevo/jceva prise c av0pco7rw, lest it be obliterated by time, and to bestow upon the is glorious, wondrous deeds of Greeks and barbarians sufficient praise remembrance by posterity and thus make their glory to assure their shine through the centuries.
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries (Tony Benn Diaries, Volume 9) by Tony Benn