When I was younger I remember there being much talk of what the internet and, later, texting would do to our generation.
And what has it done?
That would be the question here.
Much to say about our ability to connect and share with one another, to understand or to be equally as misunderstood.
The ability to create a mirage, to paint our lives with words or images, with clips of the whole shown like a single puzzle piece.
Much to say about the quickness of an idea, about the community that can grow and thrive from a hobby or craft or conversation. All great ways to build and further our connection to one another. All tools that can be just as harmful as helpful.
All ways that embolden ideas of healthy living, and exemplify the sources of unhealthy.
Sharing is both a gateway and a graveyard.
The question becomes how do we continue to drive out the misguided, the fake and the vain, how do we keep the focus always on the wholesome, on the genuine, on the honest quality of living.
Here, on one hand you see all so well the plain evidence of gluttony, the horrors of fast-paced popularity- and trendsetting fads- and equally we have the plain proof of simplicity. Of those not seeking less in every aspect of the word ‘simple’ - but seeking better in terms of less complicated -simply made, simply enjoyed, simply used, simply done, simply lived.
Because ourselves are not for complications, but thrive in what is done simply.
Whatever that ‘simply’ may be to you.
And, I ask
Can there be one without the other? Never. Of course.
The light shines because of the dark. Though-
Could we still make time for the constant reminder of importance? Always.
A matter of fact reminder of why this is good- why this is popular- why in fact, just, why.
We must continue to remind ourselves and each other of the good, of the moral, of the wholesome intent.
Our generation has the real ability to reach far into the past and bring up its best qualities. Those of ‘simpler times’ those times before electricity and running water, before Walmarts and Whole Foods.
To bring up the ideas of self sustainability, of self sufficiency, of needing better quality and less quantity, placing importance on how and where and what makes up our home, opening minds, opening arms to kindness and cooperation, and yet this good created is still not without its struggle to survive.
Always, as they do, a fad will fade with the growth of another generation. Ideas will come to be replaced with another and another until we have all but forgotten the drive to continue this simple one.
What is now will not last unless we entrench it into society.
We are the ones that must call out this moment as a movement
A movement forward into a world that places importance on human connection and consideration, on thoughtfulness, on simplicity, on support for each other, in small shops and fresh farms, government and policy, on community and kindness and health and wellness and on Planet Earth itself.
We must not forget this the same way it has been forgotten and tossed to the side before.
We must reach further towards it in every way.
Demanding better quality from all parts of our life. From our governments, our grocers, our law enforcers, our education systems, our food and product manufacturing, our homes and communities.
It can not be stopped unless we stop pursuing it.
It can be grown with each of our efforts, each of our hands, with each day that we commit further to wanting a better environment in every sense of the world and placement, and doing our part to evoke this growth.
At home, at work, with friends, on the internet, in public, alone.
Build up the genuine, call out the copyist, let there be no place for generic goods here, only true, only real, only authenticity is accepted.
You cannot be me, and I cannot be you,
nor you, nor you, nor anyone else.
I am myself, my own shade, my own color, my own special variety.
You have your own shade too, unlike any other, though truly and honestly still not apart from any other as well.
We are altogether standing apart in this world
and if we can master the ability to support and entice change without copying and creating plainness from popularity we have the ability to establish a society of genuine individuals working as one whole community.
It is not simply enough to subscribe to this way of thinking not simply enough to exude this either, not through social media nor through clothing fads or hairstyles or jargon, no it is not enough.
We must come to the root of this entire movement and we must know it so well that it takes the place of the noise surrounding.
That it is not just popular to post clean, beautiful images - it is artwork - it is the fruition of a soul, of an idea, or experiment. It is a way to find beauty and to place value on the often overlooked details of life.
It is not just popular to have handmade items filling your home- it is artwork- and the hard work of another mind. It is a way to place value on a single cup or plate, a solitary dress or bag.
It is not just popular to have local foods and farmer markets- it is necessary for our society- to support anti-industrialism. A way to invest into small community and take back from the grand system of manufactory.
These are not just passing fads- this is not a world of whats popular now- this is a movement that we can hold on to, that we can build up and invest into for the future of our whole society. Not just for America - or Europe but the entire world may take part.
And this all through the community- the internet built community- and its open, endless in boundary for us to make use of. If only we have the controlled ability to see it through.
Words and photos by Brianna Holman
I'm Brianna, a simple, honest lady, finding my way through my mid twenties, writing, reflecting, questioning, and improving; always seeking to move forward, to push myself outside of my comfortable norm. Now with my husband and our eight dogs we've chosen to consciously live with less making possible our ability to travel across country in our Fleetwood trailer. I am an admitted, continuous work in progress, in search of more questions to answer, ways to understand, and stories that enlighten. I seek understanding in every aspect of life, I seek empathetic understanding for everyone in life. I seek to reflect an honest life and inspire humble thoughts.