On the occasion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Daily Mail published a series of color photos of life in England as it was 60 years ago.
The headline asks: Has any country ever changed so much in 60 years? I realize the question is rhetorical, and I mourn the loss of the England that used to be, as seen in the photos. But I have to answer that yes, our country has changed just as much in the last, say, 45+ years since the fateful Hart-Celler Immigration Act which opened up the floodgates.
One wry question comes to my mind when I see old pictures like these: 'where's the diversity?' I thought diversity was like oxygen and water, necessary to our very existence. But I see no diversity to speak of, and yet everybody seems to look happy and healthy, much more so than today. I guess they just didn't know any better back then. Perhaps ignorance in some cases is bliss, just as the saying has it.