London Olympics 2012, the Night Danny Boyle and the British made Rest of the World Feel Cheated and Green Eyed. - Page 2
Is there anyone fortunate to have a basic education who is not taught of the Industrial revolution? Is there anyone who wishes they didn't have a universal health assurance epitomized by the British NHS, except perhaps the Americans who think it is a crazy idea?
Of course one could argue that going back further in history, to Shakespeare and Henry VIII; you could be really English and British. Though that would have been more 'Greek' to the rest of the world, there would still be some universality about it.
If the British characters have become the world's own, you can't blame the British for it. Neither can you blame the English Language. It is the genuinely human appeal each of these British born or conceived heroes evoke in human minds which make Macbeth to Slumdog Millionaire endearing to human minds, something no other nation has been successful at, at least in such large scale.
That is the quintessential Brutishness evinced by Danny Boyle's wonderful and ingenious production the British can be really proud of. In fact a celebration of the freedom of spirit and mind engrained in the British social values, and in the ultimate British sense of humor.
As the IOC president Jacques Rogge reminded in his opening speech, London is home to the Olympics games in many ways, by establishing many of the ground rules in the 1948 games and proceedings. Danny Boyle and his team can be proud that the 2012 Olympics Opening Gala will make it even more so by establishing the standard and benchmark for future opening events.
That, sheer regimentation, pyrotechnics and robotics at the cost of millions of dollars, just for showmanship of a nation and grandeur of any event, have come to the end of their limits is shown by the Beijing Olympics. That, the way forward, in the real world beset with economic crisis, is the ingenious use of imagination and modern technological innovations in media and imagery, is shown by the London 2012 ceremony.
Yet it will be almost impossible to better what was seen on the night of the 2012 Olympics opening in London in the imaginable future, because Danny Boyle has already pulled out the best of everything.
Whether you like it or not the British have done it again. No point being jealous about it.