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May 03, 2003

You can’t turn the clock back!

I wish someone would say that to me because then I could say: “Yes you can. Just hand me a clock and I’ll show you.”

Actually, this is a serious point. How often in arguments do you find yourself proposing as a solution something that worked perfectly well in the past like hanging, private railways and decent architecture only to be told: “You can’t live in the past.” This is just a recent example.

I suppose the response ought to be: “Well, I’m not trying to live in the past. I’m just suggesting we do this which just happens to be something that was once done.” But it’s pointless. The statement “You can’t turn the clock back” is a statement by the other person that they are tired of listening and as far as they are concerned the discussion is over.