a reply to: SpecialSauce
I think that rather depends on ones construction.
Personally speaking, I feel stifled by the modern world sometimes. I dislike being surrounded by concrete, paperwork, electronic banking, and
commercials fed directly to my personal devices. I dislike the coldness, remoteness, and staggering power of governments, and the fact that one cannot
make ones fate for oneself, without interference from bodies, organisations, and individuals who buy into every part and parcel of what our species
has become in the modern age.
On the other hand, I like the fact that if my mother gets seriously ill, she will have a better chance by far than her ancestors. I like the fact
that she will not have to walk to town on aching feet and hips, to do simple tasks that can now be done more locally, or over the wire.
I have often said, that if it were not for the people I love in this world, I would live differently, that I only adhere to the modern way of life,
so that I can continue to interact with those I love, and be useful to them. I feel this way because I do not require four walls and heating bills.
All I need to get by is rudimentary shelter and a fire started the old fashioned way, something to cook in, and land to live off. If I had my way, I
would spend my whole life making and breaking camp, fishing, hunting, gathering, cooking, eating, and indulging in some other entirely natural
pursuits, should the opportunity arise. The idea that a mobile phone is more use in this day and age than a good knife, upsets me on a primal level.
But as it is, there are people I love in this world, my son, my mother, sister, brother in law, friends both locally and remote from my location,
that I would not be able to interact with, if I was living that life, and who would not enjoy trying to live the one I would prefer. Given the option
of indulging myself by way of just hoofing it into the nearest wooded area of significant size, or continuing to be there for the ones I love, I
choose responsibility over preference every time.
That said, if things ever go to crap, major collapse of society style, burning cities and total chaos, then perhaps my preferences may become useful
to those I love. At the moment though, it is hard to avoid feeling obsolete, when one is constantly aware of the absence of a sword at ones hip, a bow
across ones back, and the smell of woodland in ones nostrils.