The Dark Side of Progress: Why We Want To Live Life Differently

I have friends, as I'm sure you do as well, that boycott Facebook in an attempt to protect their mental space from the negatively charged climate we are battling on a daily basis.  If you are tapped into early childhood education, you have heard the battle between higher test score advocates and the call for play-dominated education.  Are you struggling with chronic health problems?  There is a lot of discussion about the dangers of our modern agricultural approaches undermining the God-given nutrients and immunity my grandparents received from their food and microbiome.  While modern conveniences are amazing in their own right, there is troubling evidence that suggests a blind-following of current trends in the name of keeping up is rapidly eating away at our quality of life.

About a mile from our house, we have experienced an oil site construction that has finally come to its maintenance state.  It was only a matter of weeks when another began just down the way from it.  No one in the area has been pleased with it and my animal loving kids were disgusted at all the animal homes they were destroying (in the tree clearing) just for the sake of money!  I had to calm my little activists down and explain how we do benefit from the oil even if we don't like the process and location.  I'm not in denial about some real benefits of progress and technology advancements, but this current wave of technology and internet-dominated living comes with side effects we do not generally consider.



My upbringing was extremely health-conscious and certainly not the norm of my culture usually.  To her credit, my mom was advocating for health and wellness choices that would become mainstream years later.  So, I remember how certain the 'experts' were about the evils of butter and all manner of fats.  Turns out they were off-base and there are quite a few good fats that are vital for overall health.  Let's not even talk about the smoking and the tobacco industry.  My point is, just because something is new and popular never means it is safe, wise or a place to set up camp.

I always hated the 'back in the good old days' talks or the resistance of progress simply because it is new, but I'm starting to understand their motivation.  There are some things in this world that do not change and our incessant need to upgrade or revolutionize what already works is getting us into trouble in some cases.  Spending time outdoors in nature is good for you - mind, body and spirit.  Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is important for mind and body function.  Being creative and keeping a slow pace is a mandatory part of life in order to sustain the times of necessary work and fast pace.  These are things that do not change no matter how fast your computer is or what new gadget comes on the market.



It is clear that our mental and physical health as a country is failing.  From suicide to cancers to chronic illness - all of our technological advancements aren't enough to truly change the direction of our health nationally.  I am so thankful for surgeries and procedures being more precise and revolutionized in many areas.  Like the oil that is being harvested down the street, there are good, even life-saving elements that come from progress.  But my hope is that we don't walk into the future blindly as if there are never any dangerous costs or side effects from all this progress.   A big reason why we choose the lifestyle we do - homeschool, hiking, gardening, cooking, etc. - is to protect and preserve a healthy way of life for our children.  I cannot control what dangers may arise from modern advancements, but I can invest more heavily in the decidedly good parts of life in order to side step or in some cases prevent the negative fallout of our march to the more, the better and the new.  

Comments

Labels

Relationships Writing Reading TOSReviewCrew motherhood Education Healthy Living healthy perspective Gratitude Reviews Creativity Hard Work book review Attitude Jude Comparisons Emotion HSReview Love planning Expectations HSReviewCrew Exercise Patience Positive Thinking Pregnancy Thanksgiving life is hard Choices Contentment Fear Pain go outside nature Elementary Math Food Prayer Pride differences literature new music reading program Art Bible Study Control Fun Gardening Learning Memoria Press Self Control Stress holidays joy language arts math Christian homeschooling Criticism Decisions Fall Finances Giving Up Grace Herbs Music November Priorities Strong-Willed Child Success Technology The Herb Garden art curriculum family time freedom learn to read online learning pictures resolutions Birthdays Boundaries Depression Goals Nature's Sunshine Negativity Perfection Project Feedback Sports Trust Weight-Loss children's books homeschooling planners respect science time American History Appreciation Assumptions Beauty Blessed Childbirth Christian education Cleaning Communication December Friends Gift Idea Girls Giveaway Homeschool Lifestyle Homeschool Math Household update Math Worksheets Mindfulness Mr. Butler Non-Toxic Tempera Paint October Reset Phonics Recipes Selfishness Summer The Old Schoolhouse Unit studies What really matters Worry audio drama authenticity childhood classical education cooking creative outlet faith and family grammar handwriting homeschool art literature curriculum loss math practice mental health motivation reading comprehension submission truth 2016 2018 Accepting Adulthood Advent Apologia Being Ready BibleStudy Christian books for kids Compromise Consistency Facebook Failure Family Update Fighting Get Up and Garden GratiTuesday Habits Hands on Heirloom Audio Homeschool Hesitations Homeschool Math Online Imagination Kids Math Lessons Math help Moderation No nonsense Peace Printable worksheets Simplify Snow Spasm Living Together Treehouse Adventures Valentine's Day Works for Me Year Round Schooling art education art supplies baby building healthy families celebrating chaos copywork cursive disagreeing do better friendship geography group dynamics handwriting practice handwriting worksheets happy birthday home homeschool curriculum for science hope kwik stix language arts curriculum let them play makeadifference poetry politics reality check scheduling seasons skills social media spelling tempera paint vacation wisdom 2015 2019 2020 ABC Books ADHD Addiction Adolescence April Beginning Bible Bible Stories Bible Study Curriculum Bible Study for Kids By the Way Books Carole P. Roman Critical Thinking Curriculum Death Dyslexia Elementary Homeschool Courses Engineering Extroversion Faith Frisbee Golf Frustration Getting Things Done God God's Will GrapevineStudy Guilt High School Math Hiking History Homeschool Adventure Homeschool Math Courses Humility Hurry Importance Influence Introvert Lap book Latin Laughter Maintenance Math Curriculum Mess Free Middle School Math Molly Green Momentum Moving Needs Opposites Play Preparation Preschool Curriculum Productive Parenting Proverbs STEM Saying No Schoolhouse Magazine Scripture Sculpture Self-reflection Spring Suffering Support Traditions Zoo active learning active listening anger animals anxiety art for kids artistic pursuits audio book audio books baseball be different book series books budget busy camping classical curriculum community conflict crafty classroom creation science creative writing devotional discoveries do hard things dogs easier way elementary practice worksheets elementary science encouragement entertainment focus on the family homeschool Spanish homeschool crafts homeschool resources honesty horse girls intentional parenting judgement judging kindness learn Spanish learning lifestyle living on purpose math activities math seeds media mercy music appreciation new normal new year no mess online classes online math organization outside parenthood penmanship piano preschool pressure printables radio drama radio theater reading eggs relationship with God school year science curriculum self-discipline sensitivity siblings sign language simpleabundance slow down spanish for kids state history the writing spot transcripts travel books for kids worksheets writing prompt 2010 30 39 4th of July 8 weeks A Little Princess ACTÍVA ADD Abuse Acapella Adult Literacy Affiliate Links Aldens Algebra Allergies Amazon Applesauce Apps Audio Missionary Drama Ben Folds Bible Action Figures Bible Curriculum Bible Printables Bible Summary Sheets Biblical Worldview Bill Cosby Birth Stories Brinkman Adventures Building CTCMath Calculus CelluClay Channies Charlotte Mason Children's Bible Children's Stories Christian Christian audio Christian audio drama Christian books Christian language arts Classical Rhetoric Code Education Comic Book Bible Comprehension Convenience Courage Date night Dave Stotts David C Cook Day and Night Decorating Despicable Me Diapers Doing Good Drive Thru History Dusty's Trail ELA worksheets ESL Earth Science Elementary Curriculum Elf English curriculum Essential Oils Essential Skills Advantage Eternity Exaggerating Excuses Exhaustion Fast Drying Favorites Focus Freebies G A Henty G.A. Henty Geometry George Herbert God schooling God's glory Golden Sunrise Good Deals Grapevine Study Gross Hannah Elise Haydn Healthy November Challenge Herb Talk Hey Mama Holiday Holiday gifts Holy Spirit Homeschool Parent Support Homeschool Planners Homeschool Science House IEW IXL Ideas Inspiration Inventors Jewel Box Theatre John Mayer Keith Lancaster Kidzaw Kingdom files Laundry Lay Off Learning Dynamics Lemongrass Letter of the Week Life Science Lizzie Local Flavor Losing Lymph Gland Cleanse-Hy Magic Stix Master Kitz Math Curriculum Online Math Learning Gaps Math Mini Courses Math Video Lessons Math videos Maths Games Matt Koceich Mattie Richardson McGuffey lesson plans Memorization Michael Buble Middle School Homeschool Courses Missionary Stories My School Year My Teaching Library New Skills Nonfiction Obama Obligation Old West Online Electives Options Paddington Paul Physical Science Pickerman's Picta Dicta Pitsco Planet 316 Power Praise and Harmony Pre-Kindergarten Problems Progress Psalm 136 Queen Esther Remember Resource Resource Library Response Resurrection Richard Louv Rightnow Media Rigid Wrap Romans Sacrifices Sara Bareilles SchoolhouseTeachers.com Schoolhouseteachers Science worksheets Self Care Self-pity Sensory Integration Sentence She and Him Shy Silly Sing-Off Singapore Math Smartick Spanish for homeschoolers Specials Spelling Shed Stability Story Telling Sunday morning Talents Tales of a Messy Mom Tea Party Techie Homeschool Mom Tempera Temporary Tennessee The Action Bible The Beginner's Bible The Boxcar Children Theme Thin Stix Toddlers Transitions Trigonometry True Stories Trust Fund USA Valerian root Value Vincent Van Gogh Weight Weird World Book Wulf the Saxon Year of Preparation Zeezok Publishing Zooey Deschanel a capella abecedarian accidents activity pak adult coloring book adventure ages 7-10 alaska alphabet alphabet notebook amazing grace anatomy and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten!™ animal shelter anniversary answered prayer appaloosy arkansas art history art online art video lessons astronomy audio theater audio theatre aveda average baking bias bike biographies biographies for kids blocks blocks for kids boxcar classics breaks building words busy moms calvin and hobbes captain sun career chapter books character character building children's mental health chores church circumstances clues color code colorado comic book commitment comparison compassion consistancy cooking unit studies counseling creation crosswired dad daily grams daughters decoding detective disappointment do good drama drawing drawing letters dread dreams early reader easy grammar eclectic education educational games educational toys effort elementary printables elementary worksheets emotional neglect endurance entrepreneurship experiments expression facing fears faith-based books faith-based film family board games feelings fence field trip fiery darts first things first fitting in forbrain forgiveness freezer cooking meal plan freezer cooking plan freezer meal prep friendship reset games geography games goal setting grades K-6 great composers great things grief happiness harvest hate health helping heritage higasfy history unit studies holiday unit studies home school in the woods homemaking homeschool planning homeschool reading homeschool rescue homeschool success story homeschooling curriculum homeschooling lifestyle homeschoool curriculum honor horses in history how to homeschool humilty identity imagine books imagine series impatience important things independence insecurity internet internet accountability internet accountable software internet monitoring k-12 homeschooling kid activity kid entrepreneur kids art supplies kids crafts labels language development language immersion learn piano learning methods lessonslearned letter shapes letter sounds liberty library life timelines literacy living books math facts math skills meal plan mind over matter mondays money management money skills mothering mourning movie review multiplication multisensory music curriculum music exploration music matters music notation mystery no odor markers old fashioned curriculum online reading program orphans overcoming struggles paper crafts paper mache perspective phoneme awareness physiology piano lessons picture book pirate unit studies podcasts poems poetry analysis politicians popularity pornography praise God praiseworthy prodigal story purpose puzzles radio radio theatre reacting read aloud reading skills reading strategies real books real talk rebellion record keeping recovery relaxed homeschooling report cards research resolution review crew safe space sanity science education screen time september sewing sincerity singing single sleuth snowflakes social studies solitude spanish speech fluency spiritual spirulina standards story bible struggle study guide study skills stumbling block superheroes teaching cursive letters television the Gospels therapy thinking third grade time management tired tosmag tradition traditional spelling training travel the world treasure tree house trees trials typing tutor unschooling vacation. family time values violence virtue vocabulary volunteer washable markers weather who is books who was books who was series; who is series wholesome books for kids wooden building blocks wooden toys words work at home work together workbooks world geography writing prompts
Show more

Looking for something?

Popular Posts