Thank you for coming and learning here at my blog. I choose this platform because I truly believe in it. I write and teach people here as I live it. The things I choose to write about are a part of my life. I choose to write about living a slow life because of it's importance to our continuation as a society. Having real survival skills and knowledge I believe, are key to our existence. We are becoming a society that has forgotten how to live life. We have forgotten our roots.
A number of years ago in the early 90's I read a short little story by E.M. Forester called the Machine stops
The Machine Stops
You can obtain a copy from Amazon by clicking the link.
This book written in the 1909 this short science fiction novel tells a chilling story of life on earth in the future. Here is a review taken from the website manybooks.net It explains the basics premise of the book better than I could "The Machine Stops is a short science fiction story. It describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual lives in isolation in a 'cell', with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the omnipotent, global Machine. Most humans welcome this development, as they are skeptical and fearful of first-hand experience. People forget that humans created the Machine, and treat it as a mystical entity whose needs supersede their own. Those who do not accept the deity of the Machine are viewed as 'unmechanical' and are threatened with "Homelessness". Eventually, the Machine apocalyptically collapses, and the civilization of the Machine comes to an end"
Even now as I think back to the feelings I had reading that book, they stick with me. I thought to myself, how sad that a society has gotten so far off to have forgotten their roots, that they became so dependent upon this thing. It instilled in me a desire to stick to my roots and not let something like this happen to me. One thing in particular that sticks with me all these years is the part of the story when the main character begins to question the machine. He asks the question, what happens if the machine fails? To which the reply is, the founders have made the machine to fix itself. You don't need to worry, but he does. As the story progresses the machine starts having troubles and no one has the knowledge of how the machine even works, let alone the skills to fix it. All of a sudden they are rushing about trying to gain back that knowledge that had been lost, but it was too late. It is a story worth reading. It is short and can be easily read in a day. Read it and see the shocking parallels between the picture he paints and the reality going on around us today.
For me I want to live life. I want to be able to teach my children to live well, this can only be done when we slow the pace and take the time to really engage with them. Because we slow down at our house it is easier to find the opportunities to grow our children's character to create a better person in them. Families that are too busy let these things get left by the wayside because there is not time to deal with it. In those busy lives the children are left to obtain and pick up the character traits taught elsewhere in life. They don't seem to get the lessons of honesty, kindness etc. that should be taught. To often we leave our children to be taught in the streets of the internet, gaming, and social media. They are being taught to be dishonest, greedy, and self serving and so on. It is not sustainable for life. It is not what I want for me and my family therefore I choose a different path. I choose the road less traveled. I choose to live a slower paced life, and in doing so, I find that I have more life to give.
In order to remind myself of these things, I have placed on my bathroom wall where I can review it every day a poster I have made, it looks something like this.
L love, laughter
I intellect, industry
F family fun, fortune
E education, excitement, energy
May you find inspiration to design your life the way you desire. May it be a life full of the good things. This is our hope here at life less hurried.
Here at life less hurried I will continue to post on getting back to our roots. I have started another blog that deals with the teaching of the children and building of character. You can read more at Disciple walk, She walks with Christ
P.S. For those of you who prefer to read on a tablet as opposed to the paper copy I have included a link to the kindle version of the book The machine stops. Whatever version you choose, be sure to read it. It is well worth the reading.