George A. Smith vs. the Old Fogies vs. “The Fast Age”

George A. Smith (1817-1875) was nothing if not up with the times. This is one I couldn’t resist.

I thought I would take the liberty of addressing the younger brethren,
as a great portion of this congregation are what might be termed in
the States, Young America, if you please, or among us, “Young
Mormons,” those who have been raised in the midst of persecutions, and
the instructions the Saints have enjoyed. President Young, in the
course of his remarks, introduces the subject of the divisions that
exist in New York politics; for instance, it is customary in the
political circles of New York, and has extended from that capital
throughout the Union, to denominate men that have become somewhat
superannuated in their veins, or have got the old-fashioned slow
motion about them, “old fogies.” For instance, there are but few of us
but what can remember when railroads were first introduced into the
United States. It is not difficult for old men to remember when the
first steam boat was built, or when the first telegraph wire was put
in operation; and it is properly denominated the “fast age.” Men who
have got the old principles of locomotion-that cannot accommodate
their feelings to the great improvements of the fast age-that have got
their education on the slow track, and are determined to follow it, it
would be better for them to stand aside, and clear the track for the
telegraph speed of the present generation just rising up on their
heels.[April 1855]

The impact of technology is enormous. (g)

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3 Responses to George A. Smith vs. the Old Fogies vs. “The Fast Age”

  1. ricke says:

    I second Ardis.

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