The Lost Art Of Everything

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I’ve blogged and ranted on such things before but I’m still and regularly amazed at the things in society we see as hobbiest stuff, or only for the real connoisseur.  What am I talking about?

Basic stuff, like fixing your car. How many know the basics of oil and spark plug changes? How many actually check their tire pressure and ensure their fluids are topped up (without the prompting of the idiot lights on the dash)?

Or baking bread, it used to be something everyone did every day, that was how they got their bread. Or collecting eggs from their chickens. Even coffee roasting, the luxury with coffee isn’t in roasting it yourself, though it is a better tasting result, the luxury is in buying it already roasted in convenient ‘fresh seal’ bags.

There are so many every day things in life with which we’ve decided to give up freshness and health in order to be able to buy it instead from the grocery store.

Now, people say they don’t have time for the effort in making bread, keeping chickens and all that… ? whaa? So instead of making food yourself which is cheaper, healthier, tastier, you decide to go out to work. Back in the day, one would work outside the home, the other inside the home. I’m not saying women shouldn’t work but if working means you don’t have time to make healthy meals for your family, maybe we need to rethink something. Generally in this culture the man is the one that goes out and works. I believe as well that that is Gods initial design, the best plan for the family. The mother is able then to stay home with the kids as they are geared for as women and men are able to use their muscles and bring home the bacon.

For me, I think if we all made more of our food at home, healthier and such, grew our own vegetables, had a few chickens and such, then there would be far less need in the first place for both to be out working as you wouldn’t then need as much money for groceries all the time. Its a full circle sort of thing and we’ve somehow forgotten how to do a lot of the things that made the olden days the ‘good ole days’, not to mention the healthy strong old days –  you know, where your grandparents were around until 80 or 90?

For me, I appreciate Lindseys willingness to make more of our own food, buy healthy, make better use of our apples and make apple sauce that Arden can eat through the year, make good healthy family meals. And she has more of the time because she isn’t working 9 to 5 every day, not outside the house anyways. Things are getting expensive so a bit of extra income is sometimes needed but if I were to consider an ideal, I think it would be to live on less, to make much of our own food, or buy it local at minimum and learn again some of these things that families used to do for centuries, keep bees for honey, grow their own potatoes, tap maple trees for their supply of maple syrup and so on.

I think the kids these days are really lacking in real practical knowledge and I hope for Arden that we can teach her some of the ‘old fashioned’ ways so that she doesn’t get stuck into thinking everything has to come out of a can from overseas.

End of Rant. I sound really old!

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3 thoughts on “The Lost Art Of Everything

  1. On occasion, I read this blog but have resisted commenting, despite the intermittent desire to do so. This post, however, bothered me to such an extent that I knew I had to say something. While I find no issues with the assertion that we need to be careful with our food choices, striving to find fresh and healthy food wherever possible, your comments regarding the role of women seem questionable.
    Despite the attempt to cover up – ‘I’m not saying women shouldn’t work’ – the following sentences certainly seem to imply otherwise. You claim that women are designed to stay home with the children, while men ‘are able to use their muscles and bring home the bacon’. Even ignoring the blatant sexism in the statement that men ‘use their muscles’ (particularly when many careers today require little muscle work), the implication is that women are less skilled and less able than men in anything but child rearing and cooking. I would beg to differ with you on this point, as I am well-acquainted with a great number of intelligent, hard-working, and successful career women. Have they done wrong in pursuing rewarding and influential careers outside of the home? (I mean no offense to women who have chosen to stay at home and have found fulfillment in that.) It seems flawed to assume that God has only one archetype for women – that of wife and mother – whilst men are encouraged to explore their creativity and talents to the fullest. Surely humans (both man and woman) were created to fulfill their full potential, whether that be in the house or outside of it. Surely God did not intend that women should sacrifice their own dreams in order to satisfy their husband’s desires.
    Genesis 3 is quite possibly the biblical chapter most referenced as support for the sort of marriage roles you espouse. My final question, if this is the case, is whether it should be taken to this extreme. This text was written 3000 years ago and should be interpreted within the cultural context of ancient Israel. While not denying the divine inspiration of scripture, we need to be careful not to read too much of our modern world into the text. We must remember that this text was written in the patriarchal society of ancient Israel, in which the status of women was closer to slaves and cattle than to that of men. Are we to blindly accept such a status quo, simply because that is what is reflected by the cultural world in which the Bible was written. Finally, we also need to remember that the dominion of man over woman described in 3:16 is not established in creation as the divine will of God, but as part of the disordered world that results from sin. Should a 10th century BCE description of curses and distortion really inform our understanding of the roles of man and woman in the 21st century CE?

  2. Thanks for commenting 🙂 always interesting to see emotion stirred up. I said what I said and don’t really feel the need to argue it, just my opinion. That’s what I like about blogs, life on your sleeve sorta. I don’t suggest I know it all and am often wrong so I appreciate valid sentiment. I’m just old fashioned I guess. Also, the post really wasnt about women in the home, just how the shift out of the home changes the way we eat and what we eat.

  3. Note to Rachel:
    Rachel: Your comment got me thinking
    I am Micah’s dad so have lots of years behind me.
    The older I get the more I envy women who have children and have time with them. In our society, children are claimed to be “our most valuable resource” when in fact we know that is not true. If it were then all education, child care & etc. would be free and caregivers to children would be paid a salary by the state.
    In fact, work is glamorized (it certainly is not glamorous) and women who stay at home are considered second class citizens by many amongst us.
    We need a complete change of attitude! Our children ARE our most important resource and the ONLY memorial that has any lasting significance. I don’t agree completely with Micah’s stand, nor do I agree completely with yours but I do agree this subject is central to our culture and should be discussed much more than it is.

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