I enjoy the benefits of the modern age. I like air conditioning in summer. I like hot water on command. I enjoy regular showers, clean clothes, and overall good physical health with minimal or no major diseases.
And yet, I often find myself ill at ease in the modern age.
Everything moves so incredibly fast. I am constant caught up in a turbulent cycle of news and action. Things always demand my attention. Technology seems just on the precipice of overwhelming me. And too often I am either thrust into a mass of people whom I bump up against like marbles in a bag or utterly abandoned.
And, of course, the knowledge I care for - history, literature, language, philosophy, theology, even agriculture- is largely relegated to the fringes of society as so much of it is seen as not as useful as technical skills.
I keep feeling like - at least mentally and emotionally - I belong in another age.
That does not really help anything of course, as I am sort of stuck in the age I am in. It is not like I have a time machine or something (and even then, I cannot really see that going well for me).
The next question became "Could I live as if I did live in another age?"
Apparently this may or may not be a thing - whether it be Viking re-enactors (see the videos if you can - some amazing craftsmanship and battles!) or something called "Retroculture" of which I am not sure how much of a thing it is or not - the premise being you choose a period and live in it as much as possible.
I do not know quite what to do with this concept. In theory I like it - but how does it work out practically? It is not as if I can abandon my computer at work or (realistically) dump my cell phone. But there are things I can do - attitude, manners, language, even dress - to maybe move myself a bit down that path.
No big commitments or changes yet - but something I am definitely pondering. After all, what do I have to lose?