Her philosophy of life
As the Radio Times said in its issue for the New Year 1929, Barbara Cartland introduces a new and most attractive theory. Her idea is largely to do good to others by doing good to oneself. It is possible, by putting on a pretty dress or making up one’s face to confer a good deal more gladness in the New Year than by stopping smoking or getting up early in the morning. This doctrine should appeal to all our women listeners.
‘Part of my philosophy of live,’ she says, ‘is never to admit that you’ve been beaten or done down. The moment you do that, you’ve lost. Quite early on I learned that the best way to survive is to pretend that anything unpleasant simply hasn’t happened.’
I don’t really agree with her first assertion I’m afraid. I think doing good for others is better achieved by actually...doing good to others, rather than one’s self. However, there is definitely something useful about her second assertion. I watched Jo Brand walking the width of England for charity. She, in her own words, is an obese woman who does little exercise, and this walk was meant to test her as well as raise money for charity. The way she dealt with her problems in life was, similar to Cartland, to not think about them and simply get on with it. The thought of the walk across England was actually much worse than simply getting up each day and walking until dark and doing the same thing again until she’d finished.
What do you make of this philosophy of life?
Liam Livings xx