ABOUT This Internet Site …

A Solitary Life …

I remember a world in which 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
to tuck in their shirt ;

and respect for their wives, their family,
and the people they met,
to exercise the basic self discipline
of controlling their conduct and conversation;

And when children were taught
enough respect for adults
to address them as ‘Mr’ ‘Mrs’ or ‘Miss’.

It is heart breaking to realise
that everything that I value in life
– Courtesy, Consideration, and Conscience;

the ability to
read with an attention span,
write cursively,
speak grammatically,
and be mature enough to carry on an intelligent conversation;

have not only vanished from the human race,
but are qualities that are now derided as “weakness”
and viewed with contempt.

The 21st century is an age when so-called “adults”
spew filthy profanity as part of their common ‘conversation’,
and have not even the basic moral compass
to be ashamed at the vulgarity and obscenities
that vomit from their mouth.

The 21st century is a time when belligerent adolescents
who cannot think without first “looking it up”
regard the elderly as ‘out of touch’ ;
and contemptuously dismiss skill and wisdom
gleaned from mature life experience as … “Well, that’s your opinion”.

And where any attempt to correct error
or enlighten the ignorant … is considered “offensive”
by those who should be thankful.

Never, in the history of the human race,
can human beings have been so wilfully ignorant and illiterate
– and yet, so belligerently proud of the fact.

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.

Living without television, radio, or newspapers –
whilst being of indescribable benefit
to our moral conscience, mental acuity,
and family life – has nevertheless meant that

undertaking this Internet site in March of 2012,
opened us up to a torrent of “culture shock”
of depths that I could never have anticipated.

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, viciousness 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 breaks my heart to see that any plea that advocates
moral discernment, self control, or moderation,
is now reviled as “Hate Speech” –

and that this is 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.

This is the 21st century: an Age in which
human beings demand to live in a world 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’.

Simply being ethical and quiet in the modern world,
is enough to earn the hatred of multitudes
in whose seared consciences, the very notion of morality,
moderation, and self-discipline … is a ‘thorn’.

My wife and I live a plain lifestyle without television,
stereo, or newspapers;
contentedly seeking to avoid the noise, vulgarity,
and ‘party’ mentality of modern humanity.

I am just a quiet and peaceable man who began
using a computer in 2001, because I could no longer
buy ribbon cartridges for my typewriter.

This Internet Site reflects those (obviously) unwanted,
‘out-of-touch’ characteristics of Moral Decency
which are repugnant by modern humanity – yet which,
nevertheless, define me.

I have lived a life simply walking “Old Paths”
that are now despised by modern humanity:
the observations made throughout this Internet site
are merely those written from the perspective
of a man who remembers … and laments

a world that is now long gone.

P Livingstone
2018

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