“ … he that departeth from evil
maketh himself a prey … “
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 enough 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,
and be mature enough to carry on
an intelligent conversation;
has not only vanished from the human race,
but are qualities that are now derided as “weakness”
and viewed with contempt.
This is an age when so-called “adults”
are so inherently vicious that they spew
filthy profanity as part of their personal
conversation and correspondence;
have become such self-centred emotional infants
as to be “offended” at any moral challenge
to their maturity, moderation, or manners;
and have not even the basic moral compass
to be ashamed at the vulgarity and obscenities
that vomit from their mouth.
This is a time when belligerent adolescents
– who cannot think without first “looking it up” –
ridicule the elderly by using the adjective “old”
as a term of degradation;
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,
been so belligerently proud of the fact.
The human race into which I was born
has long since been replaced.
Where I have spent my life being grateful
to those who have corrected my error,
this is an age in which
anything more challenging than
“You’re perfect, just the way you are”
is regarded as an “insult”.
It interferes, I suppose,
with the Luciferian religion of “Self Esteem” –
the arrogant veneration of … “Me”.
Criticism is good:
it keeps a wise man or woman ‘sharp’ –
PROVIDED, of course,
that the one doing the criticizing
by Humility, Wisdom,
and Mature Life Experience.
This Internet site exists only because
I care enough about people to make an effort
to reason with those who will not give me
the time of day.
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 obscene 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.
The greatest shock – and only “benefit” (?) –
of the Internet, for me, has been to reveal
not merely the depravity of the modern
human race in general,
but the selfishness of people on the whole.
Multitudes who cannot even spell properly,
and are without even the Sense of Responsibility
– the integrity – to ‘check their work’,
have the Audacity to dispense “advice”
on the Internet,
to those who are without the capacity to think
– to discern – that something is manifestly wrong
with their “teacher”.
Ignorance, Error, and Apathy abound:
and no one looks in the mirror:
the arrogance of modern humanity blames
politicians, circumstances … anything but Self.
“How can I love anyone if I don’t love myself?”
has been the perverse mantra of self esteem humanism
that has been trumpeted throughout the nations
since about 1990:
The answer is simple:
Quit deifying yourself.
Making a genuine physical and mental effort
will instil Compassion, Self-LESS-ness,
and Responsibility – qualities
which were not only instilled,
but demanded of us as children in the 1960’s.
It will cultivate the HABIT of thinking
Less of ME … and More of Others.
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
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’.
John Hall, my grandpa, was a gardener
at the Botanic Gardens in Belfast:
a quiet and impeccably-mannered gentleman.
I never once saw him leave the house
without his heavy gold watch in his waistcoat,
and New Testament in his jacket pocket.
As a child, he taught me the Edwardian
aspects of gardening: gave me my first
‘professional’ gardening job at the age of 7
(removing stones from the borders of the beds
outside the Tropical House);
and inspired me to apply his teaching in the
specialised discipline of Niwaki: or,
As an adult, my professional life began
as a Writer of Bespoke Documents
in Prescriptive English,
and lecturer on Essential Principles of Dress
and Deportment for Gentlemen and Ladies –
at a time when such mature and professional
people still existed on the earth.
My intended career path ended shortly after 1992
when human beings abandoned both the capacity to
communicate without spewing profanity; and
any personal effort to dress as befitting mature,
meticulous, and dignified men and women.
In 1976, a school-mate from Hong Kong introduced
me to the exercise of Wing Chun Gung fu,
turning my attention towards the other side of the world –
ultimately, to Japan, where folk, like me, espoused quietness,
courtesy, and self control.
By 2000, my admiration for traditional Japanese
culture led me to increase my interest in, and
study of にほんご … Japanese.
Upon opening this site in 2012, where the
Internet was concerned,
simply hearing what now passes for ‘English’
seemed to herald either Vanity, Vacuity, or Viciousness.
Documentary video and topics from Japan
allowed me to ‘keep company’ with folk who spoke quietly,
exercised manners, and behaved with courtesy and humility.
It had been my hope to meet like-minded people
through this site.
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.
We have Internet service only because my wife
requires it for her medical profession.
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,
Moderation, and Personal Responsibility
which are repugnant to modern humanity
yet which, nevertheless, define me.
The intent was to offer camaraderie
to those who are downcast by what they see
and hear around them;
and observations to inspire moral individuals
to rise above the degradation of the 21st century.
There is Nothing that is … Entertaining
… on this site.
Those who have not the self discipline
to read for 5 minutes, should look for their
amusement anywhere but here.
I have lived a life simply walking
the narrow way along “Old Paths” that are now
despised in the world.
The thoughts made throughout this Internet site
are simply personal, clearly-evident observations
made over the course of 50 years,
written from the perspective
of a man who remembers … and laments
a world that is now long gone.