Here’s the post that was published seven years ago today. I noticed immediately how much shorter my entries were in those early days. Maybe that’s why I was able to post every single day for those first two years. I have re-posted entries a few times in the past (which Raynard humorously and accurately referred to as “re-runs”) but with a total of 1116 posts over 7 years, I can’t begin to remember all of them. I’m guessing if I can’t, nobody else can either. Should I continue to re-post entries from seven years ago, now that I’m not writing any new ones?
“How has it come about that we use the highly emotive word ‘stagnation,’ with all its malodorous and malarial overtones, for what other ages would have called ‘permanence?’ Why does the word ‘primitive’ at once suggest to us clumsiness, inefficiency, barbarity? When our ancestors talked of the primitive church or the primitive purity of our constitution they meant nothing of that sort…” — C. S. Lewis
It’s mistake to romanticize the past, but it is equally erroneous to assume that new is always better. Although the word “primitive” has taken on the negative connotations Lewis mentions, it also implies simplicity and freedom from complexity. In today’s world, perhaps these are traits we would do well to reclaim whenever possible. What areas of life have grown too complicated? How can we untangle ourselves from needless involvement with too many details?