We often speak about certain practices or rituals, and how it just doesn't fit into modern life anymore. Industry creates products to help us cope with the demands of daily life in the 21st century. Big Food creates meals that can be cooked in minutes, to allow for busy families to eat after the long days work, appointments, and activities have been completed. Well almost, there are those late night emails you scroll through on your phone just before you fall asleep. Modern work means many of us must stay constantly connected. For many in the modern world, stepping off this train is just not an option. We've managed to box ourselves in.
The one question that we fail to collectively ask though, is if modern life is even worth it? For so many of us, we blindly put our heads down and work, basing our self worth and happiness on doing our best within the existing paradigm. Keep working harder, it's almost here, you're almost there! However, this mythical "it" simply never arrives. We do this at the expense of our minds, our bodies, poisoning the biosphere we inhabit, and ultimately, our freedom. For those that do not put their heads down and work within the paradigm, the same fate awaits, but is just reached by a different path; apathy and simply giving up.
You have options though, you have a choice. You can walk, or better yet run in the opposite direction. Even if the herd you are running with is in a full on sprint towards the cliff, it just takes one to turn around and go the other way. That's the funny thing about progress, the way forwards is sometimes backwards. There have always been, and always will be stories of brave individuals who walked there own path. These serve as a reminder that we truly are in charge of our own fate.