This is the tag line for this journey. Are there old pathways that we have abandoned in this technological age that were better than the ones we’re on today?
Many people say so. Are they just stuck in “the good old days”? Or, is there truth to be rediscovered?
Let’s discard the belief that the “good old days” were very good. There were times when things were good and other times when things were not good. But even in the best of their times, life was hard; much harder than life is today. Most of us could not physically or mentally survive “the good old days”.
Past generations were adapted and accustomed to hard lives, long hours of work, inequality, oppression, wars, extreme weather cycles, little (if any) government assistance, no retirement options, no insurance, primitive medical care and many other challenges. How did they do it? How did they manage to lead meaningful and productive lives, raise their families and keep their sanity with so many difficulties and without the assistance of the advances and technology of our day?
Society has existed for a long time. It wasn’t just born in this age of technology. In one form or another, civilization has endured for thousands of generations. They got us here, to today. I believe they had pathways through life that we have forgotten or abandoned. They had competitive advantages that tempered and hardened them to survive and thrive in whatever physical, social or economic environment they were in.
Imagine. What if the advantages they had were applied in our lives, in this age? Which of their old pathways might enhance our life experience? Are any of our new pathways today hindering us from thriving in, or surviving, the comparatively diminished hardships we face?