Last night we watched Emma. For context, Jane Austen wrote Emma in 1815. A time when people wore layers of clothing, the wealthy were landowners, everyone talked in circles, and romance was a game.
It is hard to not to look at everything with a lens on the future. Each generation shifts just a bit. My Grandmother dressed up every single day. She didn’t own casual clothes, they were not part of her repertoire. Clothes very much define the times. Masks are in, suits are out.
Emma was married at 18. Now people wait to get married and have children. Will that shift back? Now people talk directly to each other not in circles through others. Romance can start with a swipe. We adapt and change with the times.
As a world we have lived through many traumas that have sent us down new paths. Pandemics, global warming, the shifting of power to China and of course the Internet are just some of the changes happening today. It will change our behavior and how we interact with each other. It will change how we dress and how we live.
Watching what was top of mind and how people interacted 200 years ago makes me wonder about evolution. Strange times create new normals.