Civilization: a personal view (1969)

If you know me personally, you know I get slightly obsessive over things. Part of it is just a natural curiosity, though it may sometimes border on the compulsive hoarding of knowledge and different points of view. I've gotten better over time, but I'm not over it.

A few days ago I got into the very old BBC 2 documentary "Civilisation: a personal view" hosted by Kenneth Clark and first aired in 1969.  

If you can deal with the rather heavy QE accent - at times indiscernible from a melodious series of modulated yawns - it's well worth the viewing. Parts of it have aged rather well, though the fervently anti-imperialist crowd might disagree. I'm not saying it isn't biased or that history and the study thereof haven't progressed, but that surely there are nuggets that like its subjects have stood the test of time. 

Here's the link to the first of 13 episodes:

I do like to think of our role as venture investors as the capital that greases the wheels of civilizational progress. And having a longer-term view on where we have come from can help inform where we may be headed, and perhaps where we should be headed.

That, and it's just great fun as old documentaries go.