Are you one of those people who think that because something is modern it cannot be good? My dear deceased Mother was a bit like that which I found regrettable, although inevitably as I race through my eighth decade I am probably getting more and more like her! but I do think there are some excellent modern inventions and it is perhaps worth noting one or two.
I went to see the film Noah last week, and I thought it was brilliantly portrayed (I could have done without a totally non biblical story line about Cain, but I suppose they have to spice things up a bit.) I felt that it was a wonderful example showing the best of ancient and modern: the former of course supplied such a gripping story that would have been quite unbelievable if thought up by man, after all fact is often stranger than fiction. The latter used the astonishing modern technology that is now available for making sensational films, and the result was stunning, I thought.
What else benefits from such a merger? I suppose many things that we use daily and take for granted, but one example that illustrates the point is the climbing of Everest. I am particularly interested in this because Tom Bourdillon (a cousin of my late husband) was not only part of the successful 1953 expedition, but he and Charles Evans would have been the first men up if their oxygen had held out. It was staggeringly difficult to make the ascent in those days – of course, being unchartered territory made every stage an incredible challenge but just think of the clothing and materials used in all the equipment. In those early days they had nothing to keep them warm other than heavy woollen and tweed garments which took days to dry out; everything they used must have been so cumbersome. Nowadays with nylon, lycra and all the modern materials available of course it is an incomparable quest to make.
I expect anyone reading this has there own examples of the good of ancient compared to modern: it would be interesting to hear them.