Back to Basics

I want to get back to basics.
When people were people not avatars.
When letters were often written on paper.
When families read books and played guitar.

I want to get back to basics.
When kids played outside till dark.
When monsters were usually only imaginary.
When parents could relax at the park.

I want to get back to basics.
When people had friends over for dinner.
When people were more than their careers.
When social media was not even a glimmer.

I want to get back to basics.
When living off the land was common and swell.
When friends and family were physical not digital.
When the water you drank was from a well.

I want to get back to basics.
When Walden was not bits and bites.
When books were held not downloaded.
When kids went out doors and flew kites.

I want to get back to basics.
I embraced the digital for a decade that was rotten.
I spilled my soul into an empty digital bowl
While the freedoms technology promised were never gotten.

I want to get back to basics.
When a person could earn a decent living.
When the golden years were actually golden.
When a person could save while also giving.

I want to get back to basics.
When the media did not distort the truth.
When education was not considered elitism.
When facts were facts and we knew how to choose.

I want to get back to basics.
When a person could get sick and not go broke.
When paying off a mortgage did not take two lifetimes.
When buying someone’s vote would have been a joke.

I want to get back to basics and I want you and me to face this.
That getting back to basics is not about a political party or a religion.
It’s about making a choice and sticking to a decision.
It’s about you and me and the future of our children.
It’s about building a community and not creating division.

I am trying to get back to basics.

But lo! men have become the tools of their tools.
Walden, p.29, Henry David Thoreau

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