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Tristan Hallam: are we really that advanced or have we regressed?

I am sure that every generation has thought that they were more advanced than the last.  I am sure that has been the case at least since man started living in large Communities and had the opportunity as well as the time and inclination, to compare the Community and Society in which they are living to those who lived before us.  I sat and watched a program recently on Italy hosted by the entertaining Francesco da Mosto.  The most recent program which dealt with the ‘heel’ of Italy showed a Roman home, or at least the floor and rooms of the home, the floors being covered in a huge mosaic which provided a clear indication of what life was like at that time.Are we very different from the Romans centuries before?To some extent I am of the opinion that we have regressed. If one discounts the fact that we now have cars, can fly quite easily to Australia if we have the money and can look up whatever we wish to on the internet as well as making a call from the top of Mount Snowden on our mobile phone, we are not that different from our forefathers some hundreds of years ago.  I appreciate that there has been huge advances in medical science, the greater understanding of diseases and what can cause ailments however comparatively, these are probably are no great advances in steps that have been made if one compares the Roman to the tribes that came before them. My point therefore is this; that life is not dissimilar to growing up. It tends to be in ‘fits and starts’ rather than at a rate of a centimetre a day and equally so advances in humanity.I have blogged before that the law tends to catch up eventually. It is really quite rare for the law to lead the way.  The law tends to be re-active rather than pro-active and it is right to say that every now and again those creating statutes, namely Parliament and Judges like to tinker around and have their ‘two pennies worth’, in sometimes vain hope that this is likely to assist in some way.  My comment therefore is that it remains to be seen what further legislation and what changes in the law are likely to follow and this is sometime quite an exciting position to be in especially where we have the rare opportunity to try be pro-active and push the boundaries. My concern is that as we become more of a homogenous society, that this gives the opportunity for an element of jingoism and we leave ourselves open to either implosion due to what the merged society has become or alternatively, an explosion triggered by some small catalyst.I therefore favour a degree of autonomy and perhaps all this talk of the Euro being disbanded as a result of the massive debts of Greece, Italy and others, is a prime example of how sometimes a merged society merge in such ways as to make it difficult to function can fall apart extremely easily.Lets therefore try and keep a balance if we can.Tristan Hallam is a partner in Personal Injury in the London office of Russell Jones & Walker.If you or a member of your family has suffered an accident or injury call our expert personal injury solicitors on 0800 916 9046, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist personal injury team will review your compensation claim for free.