When The Girl and I arrived in the village of Oban in the highlands of Scotland several weeks ago, we got off the train right by the shore, to the smell and roar of the sea. In the middle of the town square, the local schoolchildren were gathered, playing drums and bagpipes. I wondered if it we came upon them by chance, or if they performed like this every night for visitors coming off the evening train, welcoming them to the village.
Let’s say we've lost most of the self-reliant skills and classical education that our forbears posessed. Let's say we have replaced them with a culture of buying and discarding things we don't value, and staring at glowing screens. Let's say you want to try to rediscover an older way of life, believing we will need such things again.
And let’s say you have a daughter.