Urban death

Wednesday 3 November 2010, 3.40am HKT


Ed Hurst is extremely observant when he writes about how we are messing up our lives and culture by messing up the places we live in.

Herding Us Into Urban Death

He would well have been writing about Hong Kong for all we know.

His other piece, “Urban Death,” gets down to brass tacks: our lack of understanding of history ultimately causes the urban decay that we worry about.

Urban Death

“Urban Death” reminds me a great deal of what is happening in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong people generally are pretty thin on the ground when it comes to knowledge of history. To most, history is just a school subject, and usually one that is heavily related to Chinese history. There is a distinct lack of awareness of the histories of other lands. That, in a nutshell, is distinctly odd for a city that bills itself as “Asia’s World City.”

You will gather that Ed Hurst is a religious man. Don’t let that put you off. He is entirely conventional and sensible in his religious belief. His two essays are devoid of religion. His observations are very real and very down-to-earth. He understands where we, as people, are heading, perhaps in the wrong direction.

2 Responses to “Urban death”

  1. Very interesting guy! Thanks for the link. I have just moved to rural Victoria for many of the reasons that Ed wrote in his comment. As Melbourne has become a large pan-cultural city the problems that go with that have escalated in recent years. I don’t let anyone’s religious views bother me- not even my own.

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