Click play on the video below and be transported back to a time when in order to be regarded as a great thinker you had to be able to go on the BBC, sit in a comfortable chair and explain a lifetime's philosophical enquiry in five minutes, and so simply that even the great, British public could understand what you were going on about.
The amazing thing is that there were philosophers who could. The even more amazing thing is that the great, British public would sit and watch them and then talk about what had been said the next day at work.
I must admit a tear came to my eye watching this last night. Imagine a world where the word "liberal" wasn't just employed as a term of derision. Imagine a world where idealism was idolised not dismissed as a human weakness. Imagine a world where you were allowed to imagine, not just in order to make money, but for the pure pleasure of doing so.