Over at the always thought-provoking Open Kingdom blog, Anthony Barnett makes an interesting point about class, you knew that good only English obsession had to get an airing today, and the rise of emotionalism in the country. Barnett writes that,
“At its best (there were also worsts) upper-class behaviour was about good judgement providing the steel for strong emotions and inner integrity.
What has changed is that these qualities can now be found more among the lower classes while the upper classes have lost their way… The ranks now know how to deal with loss. Those who once trained them no longer do.”
Barnett has some anecdotal examples to back up his point. But I’m not sure there is any huge difference between the way the classes approach death. What do you think?