As nice as all of mankind’s technological advances are, having given us all sorts of extra ease and convenience, I still like a lot of things better when done the old fashioned way, by real people under ordinary circumstances. Ever since I was only a little kid, I’ve always enjoyed home made food better than anything frozen or processed. This is especially true of pastries, baked goods, and desserts in general. I can remember having made quite a few comments, as a kid, about how home made apple pie tastes so much better than the kind they sell in stores. I’ve always really liked hand made clothes much better than the kind they make in factories too. That’s a lot to ask of life though. Mass produced clothes are usually very nice and much more affordable than those that are individually made. Music is another world in which I shun excessive technological influence. I’m not like those fans in the middle 1960’s who abandoned Bob Dylan because he played an electric instrument. I like a little innovation but please don’t overdo it.
I just recently read something in the New Oxford Review about the current trend toward trying to eradicate penmanship, and to keep people communicating by way of social network media like Facebook and Twitter. Instead of teaching kids how to write in cursive, liberals in the world of education are now trying to phase it out, explaining that we now live in a world of keyboards and touch pads and that the need for the ability to write is supposedly an anachronism. The article’s author argues, and I wholeheartedly agree, that each individual’s penmanship, unlike his printing, has his distinctive and unique personality in it and the same thing can’t be said for the printed or typed word. Food that is processed is a counterfeit of the real thing. So is manufactured clothing. Artificial communication, though, is the absolute worst of all because it will inevitably irrevocably destroy all interpersonal relationhips and mankind’s sense of community.