I've been absent a lot of late. After my son died, I've gotten pretty serious about preserving tribal knowledge and the "old ways" as half of me is Seminole. I can spend days with an axe or a bow in the woods. I trap, hunt and fish. I'm teaching myself leatherwork. We heat our house with wood primarily, and I gather as much of it as possible. That includes felling trees with just an axe. But it doesn't stop there. I have an i7 setup, 32gb of RAM, 4x290X, AX1500i setup that I haven't even attempted to liquid cool with all the components bought. I haven't even turned it on in three weeks. I can spend three or four days without picking up my tablet. I carry no phone or GPS into the woods-not even a compass, not that I need it at home. I have been disconnecting myself in many ways, and I simply feel more alive. I wonder why we surround ourselves with technology meant to let us "communicate" faster, but we give up face to face communication. I use this stuff still-I can't operate well in the dead of winter outdoors, and I still spend my many sick days with Monster Hunter Tri Ultimate. I'm not out to completely reject technology, but by doing so many things the old way, I'm learning so much about myself and just how intimately tied to the natural world we really are. We're not ready for this, I don't think. It's like giving a monkey troupe laser pistols. There ensues a lot of **** flinging and burning flesh. We have all this stuff and instead of use it to improve the lives of the rest of the world we use it to look at pictures of asses and take pictures of our own asses. We're still a tribal organism living in a slapdash substitute for a civilization, pretending that our species is grown up enough to do so. This has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the unprecedented technological growth of our species in the last hundred years. We were a small tribal group hunter/gatherer or agrarian species for millennia, and now we inhabit synthetic anthills without any idea how to deal with each other. I'm making sweeping generalizations based on readily observable trends. I know that's not always accurate, but given that we've only been like this for about a hundred and fifty years or so, and the most rapid acceleration in the last fifty or so I think we need to reexamine our lives, collectively. This is not me saying burn your PC. This is me saying chop your own wood, collect mushrooms, build a fire without a lighter or matches. Do something to remind yourself that we come from the earth, and it still calls to us. I feel more alive than I ever have. I sleep better, I eat better, I have more self-confidence. Sure, I do spend a few days chasing deer, but I know how that meat got to my table. I have food I killed or gathered or picked with my own hands. And it tastes better than anything else. If you have the opportunity, try living a little wilder. It's cheaper than therapy. This is in serious because this to me is a serious topic. I'm to the point of making some of my own clothes, my knives, my axes, my bows, much of what I need. And I hope to become less dependent on society yet. I don't think we're ready to have the world at our fingertips. I'd like to know what you think, if you don't mind.