In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
100 years ago (or even 50) we were not bombarded with so much information. It's overwhelming now-a-days. I don't think most people really want to be a hermit to get away from it all. What we crave for is privacy. And that we can never get back.
Very interesting article. Younger daughter is very insightful, isn't she? Thank you for fighting the good fight here, on World Net Daily and in Backwoods Home. It is encouraging to know we are not alone, even if we never meet.Fern
When it inspires thought, it is not a bad article. Therefore, what does it mean to be a hermit? Couldn't hermitage be a relative term? No doubt many would consider your (our) lifestyle already hermit like. Does one have to live in a city or subdivision in order to put up the good fight? No thanks. We are so outnumbered now that we can't even win elections in peace. To be on the front lines of a societal collapse would be suicide. I will lob mortars from a distance and fight when and where I can, but the sun will rise again when its all over. I want good people like our friends and families to be around for the fight to rebuild.
I'm with you - I find the desire to be out in nowhere away from anybody a strong temptation - but after a day or 2 on my own at my rural home (I'm single, no kids), I'm ready for some human interaction.As I think and pray about where my life will go in the future, I face the choice between retreating to a remote place of safety, and going to a place where I could potentially make a difference in the world, but which has a considerably higher level of personal risk (Washington DC area). Given the way things are going, it is unlikely I could have that level of influence, so it may be a moot point.Are you looking for the place that provides personal safety to you, or the place where you can work to provide safety to the most people? A thought provoking question.
I disagree. I think it is a "barn burner" of a column. Keep it up.Huggs..
Thanks for the shout out! And yes,I still want to be a hermit!!!! Lol
Thanks for the shout out! And yes, I still want to be a hermit. Lol!!!
If it wasn't so serious it would be funny but this morning when I got up I was feeling exactly what I later read here I first read Psalm 49, KJ! The Psalm really perked me up especially verse 5,and realized again we are to be the salt and light where ever we are!
A quote from I.F. Stone - "The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important, major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing – for the sheer fun and joy of it – to go right ahead and fight, knowing you’re going to lose. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it."I happened upon this quote years ago through a friend who often reposted "Daily Dig" thoughts from the Bruderhof. People these days are so concerned about seeing the immediate result of their action, and get incredibly discouraged when it seems like they are on the losing side. Paul talks about "fighting the good fight" but we also have to remember that oftentimes when we do so, it is not for ourselves as much as it is to give a better start to those who follow us. We know, in the end, Who ultimately wins; our task, then, is not to give up & not to lose heart, for it truly does make a difference. Even in today's world, when it often seems like the forces of evil can't be beaten back, we have tools to enable us to know that we are not alone in this fight...
Thank you for all your articles, I am a father in Colorado that hopes to be in Idaho someday. Your columns are like an oasis in a desert of mediocrity.
Good article, Patrice. I think all of us (or at least all of us introverts) feel that way sometimes. But as I read once, "Salt does no good until it's out of the saltshaker."I think of how Jesus withdrew to the mountains or other lonely places to pray and meditate, then rejoined the crowds who needed him. He put us in this world and leaves us in this world to advance His kingdom, each with their particular gifts.