Seems as though there is a nostalgia in this country for a simple life and presumably an easier life. There are shows upon shows following people that have gone off the grid (not really off per se many still use computers and wi fi) instead living off the land and surviving on local resources. These often color characters claim their life to be much better as they are self supportive and out of the consumer driven paradigm.
Ultimately who is happier? The person enduring frigid temperatures with no modern source of heat, no indoor plumbing and constant threat of predator animals? Or the person in a climate controlled home, a modern automobile, all kinds of creature comforts but a stressful means to obtain and maintain all that "stuff?" I think we in totality are not sure. After a stressful or mind blowing day in an office we wonder what it would be like to rise when we please, carry our days as we go, and not be forced into a never ending competitive rat race. On the flip side that individual living in a hut with no running hot water must crave a hot shower on a cold winter day.
What lifestyle are we naturally meant to live? Is our current way of life full of too much mental and emotional stress and too little physical activity, becoming our downfall? Is this why we seem to becoming angrier? Our attempt to disband and ignore the natural way in which we should be living.
When I watch some of these shows (Alaska themed are my favorite) I see people very much living in the minute with no stress about what might occur two weeks from now. Then I wonder about what its like to go get drinking water out of a frozen lake when its 30 below. Are they better cut off from society or do they pay a price for being so outside the norm?
What is about human beings that makes them so driven awhile they crave a day in which they no longer feel as though they are on a non stop treadmill with the same nonstop loop flashing in front of their face? Do we have progress, or is progress disguised as making life far too difficult, complicated, nonsensical and mean spirited?