The Pilgrim’s Progress by Robin Trimingham
“La plus ca change, la plus ca meme chose” Alphonse Karr
Back in the dark ages before internet I used to be an avid reader of quirky eclectic material that transported me to a different and long forgotten time. I particularly liked anything that described everyday life in the time of the writer.
This means I have read every Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novel more than once – not for their mysteries (which are entertaining) but for their vivid details of British middle class and aristocratic life where absolutely everything was handmade and built to last. It was a life without electricity where everyone travelled by foot, hoof, or rail and no one was ever caught in a traffic jam.
Yes, it did take longer to get dressed in the morning, send a letter, or prepare a meal; but even small tasks were completed with care and people valued the few possessions that they did have.
Modern medicine is the one area of their lives in which they clearly lagged behind and any advances in science, mathematics or technology were viewed with a mixture of awe and timidity. When the industrial revolution took hold “speed” became synonymous with “progress” to the point that anything “faster” was automatically assumed to be better.
This desire for “ever faster” everything is what eventually led to the invention of the modern computer; which was heralded as the invention that would simply life.
But I wonder; has it actually simplified anything? Better yet, if the computer is the way to eternal happiness, then why are so many people aching for a return to a simpler time; to a “pure” life off the grid. Just search YouTube for “living off grid” and you will find stories of people all over the place who are giving up their fancy homes and three car garages in favour of tiny houses, solar panels, wood burning stoves and homegrown vegetables.
They are quite happy to give you a detailed tour of their 250 square foot dwellings and offer all sorts of tips and advice to help you get started on this minimalist adventure. What would possess them to embrace this drastically different lifestyle?
The opportunity to live a very simple life, completely debt free, on a limited income.
No mortgages, practically no taxes, no excess baggage, no stress.
This is an idea just begging to become mainstream. It might not be what you think you are looking for, but it does prove that there is a way to get out of debt and live more freely if you are openminded, and who would not benefit from an idea like that?
By Robin Trimingham