Nearly two centuries ago people started leaving their healthy, peaceful, slow paced countryside surroundings for a ”better life” in the city. A lot of them upon arrival realized that they might have made a wrong decision. A chance for a better job turned out to be hard and underpaid labor. The promise of a better education for their children ended in their grandchildren still mopping the same floor they did when they first arrived. And as for all the fancy clothes, jewelry and trinkets….they were replaced with dirty old rags that needed patching on a year to year basis. Of course there were folks that made it in the big city, and their grandchildren’s grandchildren now have a big, fat trust fund to bleed dry while jet setting around the world. The funny thing is that if you ask the people that live in large city areas, would they give it all up for a quiet and stress free life in the countryside, more and more each day would say yes.
First of all, what happened to all the yuppies of the 1980’s? In that era they were keen on living in a penthouse with a pool and a helipad so they can ease their club hopping weekend, and today they tend to skip town every chance they get to go plant potatoes around their getaway cabin in the mountains. And second, how did it take us almost two hundred years to realize that city life isn’t all that, and that we should have stayed on the country in the first place? Sure, the country to city migration enabled a lot of scientific progress. In only two hundred years we managed to go from telegram to twitter, even though we were good enough without the whole village knowing the exact time of our trip to the toilet.
Technology is evolving more and more every day, but at the same time the market of organic commodities is expanding its palette, not only in tangible products, but also in various services. We are going back to growing our own vegetables, producing our own cosmetics, and some of us even sewing our own clothes. The only difference is that today we are not doing it because of requirement, but because we like the simplicity of the act itself, and it helps us unwind after a busy day or week.
Trendy or not, the reason for choosing one of the “vintage” ways of doing things in life is not so important, the significance is in the mere act. Every time you decide to take the longer road of doing things, weather it is walking home instead of taking the bus, making your own jam instead of buying it, knitting your own sweater instead of ordering online, meting up with a friend instead of texting, or even deciding to go camping instead of choosing a hotel, you move a bit closer to the “country” and in a way to the traditional approach of doing things. The advanced individuals are already aware of the whole situation, and some of them tend to turn off their smart phones more frequently, also it’s only a matter of time when we’ll get back to the simpler way of doing things, and a more simple way of life in general. It will be a sad day for all the phone companies, but the post office and the manure factories will flourish.