I have begun to think very seriously about completely dropping out of society.
No matter what the outcome of the election, I find myself increasingly removed from a society that has moved past me in terms of philosophy, morals, political understanding, economy, and the simple view of me as a person. The outcome tomorrow ends up having very little to offer me.
But the modern world has very little to offer me either.
Conveniences? Certainly. And I like running indoor water and refrigerated food as much as the next person. But the more important things of life - all of these, on the whole, modern society offers nothing more than a tangle of loud, bright, neon sounds that flash and trumpet but offer little substance.
I cannot change the laws. I cannot change the outcome. What I can do is change myself.
What is this looking like? I cannot total say, for the thought just occurred
I have a few ways. Media, for sure - not just the cable I no longer have, but Netflix as well. The media I have listened to for years driving to and from (somehow, I doubt there will be little enough I want to listen to in the news). Sports - although again, not really an issue for me at all.
Internet? Oddly enough, I will probably buck the trend: more reading of blogs, less of news. It will either be things I care not to hear about or impending cries of doom (that have gone on for a very long time indeed).
Books? Oh, mostly old ones, thank you very much. Other than histories and a few agricultural and artisan books, again I find that most modern books have little in them that I enjoy - and frankly, the past interests me more at this point.
I know what you are thinking: what a quiet, solitary sort of life.
Quite possibly yes. But my life is trending this way. Outside of Iai and throwing and the gym and church, I spend little enough time out among the world unless I have to. Home - an isolated home, pulled out of the mainstream of living - is a place I quite like to be.
I cannot fall back totally from the age I live in. But I can divorce itself from as much as I can and still find - perhaps surprisingly to those who live in it - that a perfectly sane and peaceful and useful life exists.