I’m a big history buff. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have lived a hundred or more years ago. There would have been no television, no computers, and no cars. There would have been no global warming or pollution as well.
Everything would have been a lot slower and simpler. I would have probably lived on a farm and been a lot closer to my environment than I am now. We in the modern world are so isolated from our surroundings.
I would have been more aware of the seasons and the phases of the moon. I would have to have known when to harvest the crops, or I wouldn’t be able to survive the winter. Sometimes I like to take house tours of some of the older homes that we have here in the city.
Those older houses that date back to the Civil War somehow just seem more peaceful to me. Most of them have gardens and I can imagine the owner of the home sitting and reading a book in the tranquility of his greenery.
But life was hard back then as well. There were no antibiotics and no life-saving surgery. A lot of people died from communicable diseases and there wasn’t very much that you could do about it. Not many people lived to a ripe old age back then.
But there still is a way to bring back a little of the relaxed attitude that surrounded life so many years ago.
According to the Healthy Planet Magazine: “When the over indulgence of the last decade came crashing down all around us there seemed to be an overall sign of relief. Aside from the obvious financial malady of the last few years the attitudes and lifestyle adjustments we have all been forced to make have initiated a movement of simplification. Ridding ourselves of the habits that can consume our conscientiousness is very cleansing.”
One of the areas where the back to the earth, less is more movement is being seen is in the area of restaurants. Some restaurants are even growing their own herbs and food right there on the premises.
There is a real food movement going on in this country as well. Farmer’s markets are becoming more and more popular across the country. People are getting away from eating the junk food and processed food that have caused so many of our health woes and back to food that our great, great grandparents would have eaten.
With this “less is more” movement maybe we can finally give up the greed of the past few decades and go back to a simpler, more peaceful life. Or maybe not.