In the Grand Manner – Introduction to Chapter One:
The path to Grand Manner Avenue can start from many places. As I am the guide and narrator, allow me to take you on a path that starts during the Great Depression in Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn has spawned many, many people who have demonstrated a wide diversity of ways to travel in the Grand Manner. Many of them left Brooklyn. And it continues to have a population of several million soles and is a very diverse place. Lately, given the gentrification going on in many of its neighborhoods, the astronomic prices for a living space in Manhattan (almost always referred to as “the City” from the outer boroughs, and “New York” from everyone outside of there), having a Brooklyn address is a plus. I’d like to invite you to take a voyage back with me to Brooklyn in 1936, and to move ahead while time unfolds as seen from my perspective.
It is pretty amazing when a comparison is drawn between growing up in a time and place of no television; no computers; no cell phones; no social networking; families composed of children living together with the same parents; a country united to protect its way of life and today’s path to maturity (if we can be so kind). How did that generation fare? Did the kind of stimulation and interactions experienced and enjoyed result in a different zeitgeist? And, fast forwarding, where will the human race (assuming there still is a viable human race) be in 75 plus years from today (closing in on 2100 A.D.)? Care to speculate?