Wheels on Fire
We have come a long way since the horrors of starvation, disease and widespread homelessness of the past, even though we have some way to go and further still in some parts of the world. It is not very long since these scenes were quite common, even the heart of one of the most prosperous empires in the world. Albeit, part of the solution has left us with another problem to solve. Here is some of the past that made the present.
Viewers can click on any picture to expand and again to magnify. These pictures are from a temporary exhibition at the Geffrye Museum
The solution was in part due to the great philanthropists who sought social justice as much as charitable actions. Amongst them, those proposed for the Beacon Awards, Angela Burdett-Couts, David Lloyd George, the Salvation Army (150 years and going strong) and many others.
Amongst the work-houses were the Alms Houses, usually provided for those from specific trades or professions who had fallen upon hard times (pictures from a small exhibit/tour at the Geffrye Museum). Alms houses still exist, please click here for more.
Then there were those who courageously fought for common rights.
The formation of workers unions and the fellowship of humanity.
Even Winston Churchill, who started as a Liberal and became a Conservative, said “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries”.
Even surrounded by the pursuits of greed, the slow advance of true humanity has been indomitable. Showing itself as inherent throughout time, it cannot decline, it keeps on being born.
Amongst these pursuits has been the advantages of coal, steam and steel. An industrial revolution and an extent of hard toil that gave us all the modern advantages, which we largely take for granted.
Our societies have been the foremost in receiving the advantages of the industrial revolution and therefore the foremost in creating the resulting problems of climate damage. It is those who have yet to follow this route who will suffer the most damage before they receive any major benefit. It is up to us, who have the benefits, to be the foremost in resolving the matter. Those who may wish to know more about how, could click here ⇐, and maybe one day ~
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This entry was posted on July 19, 2015 by Graham in Hats. It was filed under Climate Change, East London, History, uk and was tagged with alms house, Climate Change, geffrye museum, homeless, philanthropists, poverty, salvation army, social comment, social justice, victorian, work house.
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A very thought-provoking post Graham – I like the Churchill quote too! ❤
July 19, 2015 at 17:08
Thank you and that Churchill was quite something. Here’s another “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter”. 🙂
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July 19, 2015 at 17:23
So well written Graham. Even Winston Churchill, who started as a Liberal and became a Conservative, said “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
July 19, 2015 at 19:02
Gosh, the WP reader now won’t let me read more than a sentence of a comment at a time, so I have to send it in pieces. My gandfather was a superior court judge who emigrated to the US at age 18. He revered Churchill and I have his stunning pen and ink portrait of him hanging here in my office.
July 19, 2015 at 19:04
Winston would have fought them (WP) them on the beaches etc. Thanks for the story. There certainly were some remarkable people in those times, including your own FDR. 🙂
July 20, 2015 at 00:12
So true that inequality is the root of many evils.
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July 21, 2015 at 15:14