The all-over warm feeling eating Grandmothers cooking. The soul-lifting feeling of belting out an old, trusted hymn. The sturdy trustworthiness or a well-loved workbench.
So often these days we seem to be reaching back to the past to bring relevance and meaning to todays throw-away life. Isn’t it interesting in these days of throw-away coffee cups, instant communication and buy-now-pay-later that we seem to crave things of old. We take high-definition photos instantatiously on our phones, then make them look old-timey with instagram.
The whole ‘hipster’ trend, so prevalent with my peers seems to be aching for the old. Men who proudly wear beards and ties. Ladies who pin up their hair and wear dresses. Buying re-cycled furniture. Writing on type-writers. What are we all seeking in this hyper-consumerist world?
I think we are seeking authenticity. Something real. Something that will last. Something, that, in our eyes has already stood the test of time.
We’ve seen the effects of our hyper-consumerism – cheap imports made essentially with slave labour. Food so processed it has little to no resemblance to it’s natural state. The homogenisation of education, culture, design, relationships, careers.
I’ve been in churches where the latest ‘songs’ are belted out, many with little rhyme, tune or substance. The congregation is lost in a jumble of wordy ‘Jesus-is-my-boyfriend’ songs, wondering when the worship will be over. I’ve seen the exact same congregation stand up and be raised to another place when one of the old hymns are sung to a simple backdrop of piano or guitar.
I’ve sat in peoples living rooms with identical IKEA furniture to mine, watching the same TV as I have, eating off the same plates as I have, wondering where the concept of individuality has gone.
I’ve eaten a burger that tastes the same anywhere in the world, craving the real flavour of a meal made with fresh ingredients, cooked over the stove called Love.
What do I think we are looking for? Authenticity. Honestly. The stability that comes with trust. vulnerability. Real relationships. Faith, not hyper-spirituality. Love, not faux-emotion. Relationships, not emoticons.
I’m interested – why do you think people now-days are looking to the past for ideas for now – and the future?
picture is courtesy of my instagram friend ‘Smallmiracles’. You can find her beautiful pictures here