Hello … こんにちわ …
Thank you for stopping by today …
It had been my hope when opening this site four years ago,
that presenting heartfelt observations,
with quality photographs, on an ad-free Internet site,
might present an opportunity to ‘meet’
and exchange ‘conversation’ with folk
who, like me, find themselves singularly
“out of place” in the 21st century.
Now, it may be that I am the only person left on earth
who is utterly uncomfortable (and evidently unwelcome)
in the 21st century, but I have come to realize that
(with the exception of 5 folk in four years)
people today … do not want to be friendly.
Nevertheless, I hope that the following
will serve as an overview of this Internet site;
and the lone voice behind the words …
PLAIN Lifestyle, FEW Possessions, GREAT Contentment –
Living Humbly in a World of Self-Deification, Hedonism, and Greed
THOUGHTS and OBSERVATIONS from a SOLITARY LIFE.
An attempt to convince modern-minded humanity to
Pause … Consider … and THINK – like men and women;
rather than React – like children … or savages.
Criticism is good: it keeps a wise man or woman ‘sharp’ –
PROVIDED, of course, that the one doing the criticizing
is QUALIFIED by Maturity, Wisdom, and Life EXPERIENCE.
About This Internet Site …
When I began this Internet site in March of 2012,
it was intended to be a place for those who can remember
when the terms “Lady” and “Gentleman”
actually had relevance;
when young women were not ashamed to be ladies,
nor sought to imitate the pathetic macho posturing
of vicious and vulgar men …
… and being a mother at home
was the most honourable job in the world;
when men had enough maturity and respect for other people,
to tuck in their shirt, and exercise self discipline
in conduct and conversation;
when courtesy, consideration, and conscience
still distinguished men and women … from savages;
and children were taught enough respect for adults
as to address them as ‘Mr’ ‘Mrs’ or ‘Miss’.
It is heart-breaking to realise that
the things that I value in life –
conscience, courtesy, consideration for neighbours;
the ability to read, write, and carry on a conversation;
making an effort to be congenial,
– have not only vanished,
but are now regarded with suspicion,
derided as “weakness”,
and viewed with contempt;
that anything that advocates moral discernment,
self control, or moderation
is now reviled as “Hate Speech” ;
and that this is now a world
where those who cry for “Equal Rights”
– once they get what they want –
are the very LAST to give equal rights
to those who are different from themselves.
Until we became familiar with the Internet
and ‘had a look around it’,
I had never imagined ‘ordinary’ people to be
as vulgar and alliterate;
or as vicious, callous, and apathetic towards anything
that did not immediately gratify their lusts, ease, or vanity.
Good people ‘post’ a nature video; a film-clip of their dog,
or even a portion of a documentary film,
and the comments that appear below
seethe with filth, vulgarity, and contempt.
I shall never forget the film on a mother with her autistic child,
and the comment from America
that the woman should have … “put your retard down”.
Or the assertion below the piece on the Amish farmer and his wife,
noting that “they are all pedophiles [sic], brainwashed, and stupid”.
“What a f–king useless, boring life” declared another. [my edit]
The depravity of modern mankind – especially young people –
is beyond my capacity to fully take in.
It took me less than a week to realise
that I cannot ‘surf’ the Internet.
To attempt YouTube is to wade through a cesspool of filth:
find a video of bluebells growing in a woodland clearing and,
it seems, there will be some vile creature
spewing profanity and invective at that.
My brief look around the Internet taught me about the 21st century
– actually, it explained a great deal.
Why it was, for instance, that whenever I held the door open
for a young woman at the supermarket,
she tells me that she can ‘get it’ herself.
Why people stand in the checkout queue shouting into ‘cell phones’
for all around them to hear.
Or why one cannot walk thirty feet in any public place
without hearing “f**k“ after each use of the word “the”.
They even have a slogan now – “WTF”.
The filthy obscenities of forty years ago
… are now a fashion statement.
There just is no lower depth of depravity than that.
It has been distressing to see –
not only the progressive infantilising of the human race,
but – the willingness with which multitudes of so-called “adults”
have facilitated it –
men dressing like slobs:
without even the decency to tuck in their shirt
(a thing for which we, as little boys in the 1960’s,
were routinely scolded by every woman who passed us) –
spewing vulgarity and obscenities
as so-called ‘conversation’ –
and women doing everything they can
to imitate men.
The 21st century is an age that is CHARACTERISED by
laziness, greed, and malicious vanity –
in which the humility to learn has utterly vanished.
Skill and wisdom gleaned from life experience
are now relegated to … “Well, that’s your opinion”
by people who, generally, can no longer spell,
write cursively, or even read anything
requiring an attention span.
Attempt to help by correcting a person’s grammar
and they will call you a “grammar Nazi”.
It is not merely that people are ignorant:
but they dogmatically insist upon being that way.
Human beings no longer have the ability to blush.
And shame is a thing of the past –
as ten minutes spent in any public place
will quickly reveal.
We have come to understand the ease
with which modern “friendship” evaporates
in an instant …
… in an age when pride and resentment
have replaced the desire to be taught;
and where “friends” will cut all ties with anyone
who offers wisdom or experience that conflicts
with their ‘ego’, personal ‘agenda’, or profit-making enterprise.
Simply being ethical, and quiet
is enough to earn the hatred of multitudes
in whose seared consciences, the very existence of morality
is a ‘thorn’.
I live in a wilderness, as far as the world today is concerned.
The last time that I had anything in common with contemporary society,
the radio was broadcasting The Original Cast
singing the morality tale, “One Tin Soldier” …
and even television stations broadcast the nightly message:
“It’s ten o’clock: Do you know where your children are?”
Having watched for 50 years
as technology has turned the human brain to mush,
I can only espouse the reading of quality books
as the greatest legacy that a teacher – or parent –
can leave a child.
THIS Internet site is as you see it:
I am just one man who began using a computer in 2001
because I could no longer buy ribbon cartridges for my typewriter.
The thoughts presented here are merely observations
presented as a result of 50 years
of watching human society progressively degenerate
from imitating the mental and moral sewage of Hollywood,
while lamenting the almost-complete elimination
of moral decency: courtesy, consideration, and conscience.
From Northern Ireland, having served – since 1980,
as a lecturer, school-teacher of Oxford English,
and writer of bespoke documents in prescribed English,
my wife and I live a plain lifestyle without television, stereo,
newspapers, or cellular telephone,
in a 1920’s farmhouse
avoiding the noise, vulgarity, and ‘party’ mentality
of modern humanity.
A life-long practitioner of Wing Chun Gung Fu,
I can most often be found in the garden,
quietly reading an historical book,
or enjoying the serenity of the Tea Ceremony.
I notice my own thoughts increasingly
being voiced in Japanese – not out of any need
to practice ‘nihongo’ or write Hiragana,
but because I have always found Japan
to be the last place left on this earth
that still practices the type of formal etiquette
with which I was raised.
It simply seems, to me, that – with very little exception,
if a person speaks – what now passes for “English”,
he is invariably spewing vacuity, viciousness, vanity,
I have lived my entire life as a quiet and peaceful human being
always seeking to help others;
only to reach its latter end in the deep distress of realising
that the world into which I was born,
and the human race amongst whom I was raised,
has degenerated into such a cesspool of crude vulgarity
This Internet site consists of “Old Paths”
that are now despised in the modern world –
written from the perspective of a man
who remembers … and laments
a world that is now long gone.
15 March 2016