PLAIN Lifestyle, FEW Possessions, GREAT Contentment –
Humility, Modesty, and Empathy
in a World of Self-Deification, Hedonism, and Greed
Over the past 40 years, I have observed with distress
as the human race – generally,
has descended to below the level of animals –
as well as comparative mentality.
Since 1990, “Self Esteem” – the worship of “Me”,
has replaced courtesy, consideration, and compassion
in the bulk of observable humanity.
Ten minutes spent noting “blog”-, “social media”-,
and YouTube comments
will readily reveal the depths of depravity
in which modern multitudes now wallow.
Young people – below the age of 40, it seems –
can barely even communicate without obscene profanity
or crude vulgarity,
utterly bereft of the self discipline
and standards of basic maturity
to even spell properly;
or the humility to learn anything
of mental or moral consequence.
Rising above sheer laziness is –
very clearly, too much of an effort.
This Internet site is an extension of my Conscience:
an attempt to convince modern-minded humanity to
Pause … Consider … and THINK – like men and women;
rather than React – like children … or savages.
It has been kindly suggested to me
that while people may find the concepts expressed here
to be curious,
they do not like to be ‘told how they should live.’
Permit me to point out that
this Internet site contains … OBSERVATIONS
that have been made over the course of my life.
While reading the contents of this Internet site,
it may well be that … YOUR … Conscience
may be telling you how you should live:
I am not.
You can be an atheist, a Buddhist, a Christian;
you can hug trees,
or worship the Third Moon on the Right:
as long as you do not inflict fear, pain, or injury
upon any animal, child, or peaceful adult –
I am not the least concerned with how you live
– provided you harm no peaceful creature.
Whilst this site does reflect my disgust at the
discernible degradation of humanity
in the space of the last 30 years particularly;
and my inability to find any point of similarity between me
and the world and its people
that I see and hear displayed around me,
it consists of straightforward Observations.
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
that are presented as a result of 50 years
of watching human society progressively degenerate;
and to lament the almost-complete elimination
of moral decency: courtesy, consideration, and conscience.
Criticism is good: it keeps a wise man or woman ‘sharp’ –
PROVIDED, of course, that the one doing the criticizing
is QUALIFIED by Humility, Wisdom, and Mature Life EXPERIENCE.
The half-dozen-or-so personal portraits on this Internet site
are included as my attempt at being sociable,
congenial … friendly:
much like the photograph of an author
on the inside back fly-leaf of a book.
I am just one man.
I have no part in any company, corporation,
denomination, or agenda.
I ask people to comment … to share photographs, links,
a bit of conversation … to be sociable,
because I would be interested to meet any thoughtful,
quiet, and congenial folk who may still be left in the world.
I am not interested in your money, email address,
or any other thing wherein people now generally presume
that everyone is a thief who is ‘out to get them’.
I have no interest whatsoever in being “liked”, “friended”
or having you “subscribe” … Although, it would be nice
to ‘meet’ folk who have the capacity
to think independently of a television,
and aspire to something other than
vanity and constant entertainment.
This site consists of the observations
of a quiet and peaceful man who is
incapable of ‘fitting in’ with modern-minded multitudes.
More than a few folk have told me
that what is here, has been of help to them.
For that, I am exceedingly thankful.
Most simply ‘take’ and have neither the decency,
nor the conscience to leave a congenial comment.
It is never nice to admit that one has no friends, however,
as much as I love the amiable conversation
of articulate and genteel people,
I have found that people do not want the company
of a man who cannot talk about ‘partying’,
popular entertainment, or vanity possessions.
It has been the experience of my entire life that,
once the initial fascination wears off,
folk invariably walk away.
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 –
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;
to see that anything that advocates moral discernment,
self control, or moderation
is now reviled as “Hate Speech” ;
and to understand 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.
Moral Integrity and Conscience are CLEARLY
all-but non existent in the world today –
as is PLAINLY observable in the daily conduct
and conversation of multitudes.
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 completely 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, obnoxious 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
bellowing into ‘cell phones’
for all around them to hear …
… or why one cannot spend ten minutes
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
have facilitated it –
people striving with every waking breath, it seems,
for no higher goal in life
than to be entertained;
men dressing like slobs;
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 unbelievably 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.
We have come to understand the ease
with which modern “friendship” evaporates
in an instant.
Simply being ethical and quiet
is enough to earn the hatred of multitudes
in whose seared consciences, the very existence of morality
moderation, and self discipline … 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 playing 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?”
Of course, this is a world that could not care less
WHERE their children are .
This is the 21st century: an age in which human beings
WANT to live in a moral sewer where
“Do what thou wilt,
shall be the whole of the law.”
And anyone who might reason them away
from that self-serving existence
is dismissed as a sad fanatic
who has nothing of value to offer
beyond … ‘complaining’.
From Northern Ireland, having served – since 1982,
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
contentedly avoiding the noise,
vulgarity, and ‘party’ mentality of modern humanity.
No longer being called upon to lecture on
“Principles of Dress and Deportment for Professionals”,
or to write bespoke documents in Oxford English,
I occasionally speak upon aspects of
“Contentment, Plain Lifestyle, Few Possessions”.
The seven-year effort to build a Visitors’ Garden,
located on our farmland, has thus far
met with no interest from local people.
A practitioner of Wing Chun Gung Fu
and traditional Japanese culture,
I can most often be found in the garden,
quietly reading an historical book;
or finding solace in the serenity of tea
and aroma of toasted vanilla pipe tobacco.
I have lived my entire life as a quiet, peaceful human being
always seeking to help others;
but have now reached its latter end
in the deep distress of realising
that the world into which I was born,
no longer exists.
Visitors will find that this Internet site reflects
those obviously unwanted, ‘out-of-touch’ characteristics
which define me.
That most return here repeatedly,
yet refuse to extend the civility of a comment or greeting,
continues to be a source of deep discouragement to me.
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.