Charles Darwin’s writing was revolutionary if not for his actual subject matter,which even to this day some 157 years later is subject to controversy but for its ability to make people think. The ‘Voyage of the Beagle’ was more like a naturalist’s Victorian blog while ‘Origin of Species’ was more like creations big bang. Whether or not you believe it, it does get you thinking and it’s this type of adjective or reasoning that should be very prevalent today.
It is the same kind of imaginative thinking that made Capability Brown so famous and keeps Sir Christopher Wren in the public eye,some 293 years after his death. These people had a passion a passion for their particular field and it is a passion that is lacking today when people only really think about money and possessions. Unfortunately the trend these days isn’t to create rather to rehash,remake or patch up something that didn’t really require it in the first place.
An obvious example is in film,where some absolute classic such as “The Italian Job” “Psycho” and “Planet of the Apes” we remade without the guile and storylines that made the originals so good.
Darwin came from a time when original thinking and creativeness brought fame and rewards. The Victorian era can conjure up an array of different ideas – Victorian values, attitudes, morality, Empire, Reform, and progress. The legacy of the Victorian era can be found throughout the world and manifests itself in architecture, the Commonwealth and remnants of empire, the universal use of the English language, place names and numerous statues of the Queen herself.It was a time of progress and a time of huge social change which in certain areas even today Britain especially is struggling to throw off.