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The Farming Dream

The complexity of simple dreams

Deep inside the young man’s heart was a longing for living sustainably and freely. The thought of having his own farm and living off the land without the need for money kept reoccurring in his mind, even though he wasn’t raised on a farm and only faintly understood what the lifestyle involved.

He dreamed of those early American years before the imposition of income taxes when a man could acquire a plot of land and start his homestead and family with the assurance of a steady future with hard work and dedication.

With hard work and dedication, the man and his family could build a life from and on a simple piece of land. They didn’t need to pay a portion of their increase for taxes, nor did they need to pay taxes for owning the land. The need for money was limited, and the money used for supplies and bartering was backed by gold or some precious metal with real value.

He wondered where those days went and how Americans and Europeans gave them up so easily for modern life. With some research into American history and current events, he could see a pattern of social engineering that promoted urbanization while suppressing rural living and farming. He was convinced the course of modern history in America was no accident, but rather a concerted effort to turn farmers into city dwellers dependent upon the governmental system.

Regardless of the reasons, he found himself forlorn, as it were, in a strange reality full of taxes and governmental regulations that worked to limit his opportunity to simply become a farmer. As he looked into the idea, he found a person must be wealthy to become a farmer in today’s world – what a stark contrast to yesteryear when farming was a way to start out in life.

The farmers before the mid-20th century would work as sharecroppers to earn their land, maybe they would work in a trade for a time to gain the gold-backed money to buy some land, or they might have simply moved west to settle in the new states where land was being given away for those adventurous enough to go. However the land was acquired, the main ambition was to own a piece of land to start a homestead and family in freedom and self-sufficiency.

The simplicity of this way of life was refreshing to the man stuck in modern environments and times.

Having farm animals, a well, crops, gardens, barns, and a cabin all worked and made with the sweat of the brow and crude instruments seemed like a hard-working paradise in his mind. A man could find peace in his homestead and plenty of chores for his children to do as they grew up in the freedom the humble lifestyle offered.

The beggarly substitute of modern life

He wondered how this idealistic scene in his mind could have been taken from Americans without a fight, especially, when the powers to be replaced it with such beggarly and restrictive alternatives.

The struggle of generational farmers trying to make their way in the modern world full of regulations, taxes, and monopolistic competition, proved too much for them, as they fell by the wayside of bankruptcy and had to sell out their enterprises to the same monopolistic monsters that caused their demise.

The cursed progress of the industrial revolution spelled the beginning of the end for the farming homestead. The way of life that lasted for thousands of years was suddenly upended by machines, mass production, and taxes.

Understanding the complexities that caused the farmers to become urban dwellers was secondary to the man, as his main perplexities surrounded the lack of yearning in the modern man for such a wonderful way of life given up for the hollow substitute of modern living.

Building fences and barns, riding around on horses and carriages, taking care of the cows, sheep, chickens, horses, and farm animals, making clothing, butter, cheese, candles, soap, canning vegetables, fruits, and making jams and applesauce. Oh, how valuable the hands and minds of our ancestors were, the man thought!

Now, the hands and minds of mankind were thinking and doing what? He was afraid to ask and contemplate, yet he knew the value of modern technology and the incessant scheming for money were worthless in making and creating things meaningful and beneficial for the true progress of mankind.

He thought that if modern technology ceased to exist, the vast majority of people would be worthless with their hands and minds, as modern man was distracted by illusions and deceptions, spending their time in vain tasks leading them deeper into dependence and bondage to nefarious powers.

The modern malady was only getting worse as time elapsed. People were getting more and more dependent upon machines and technology, and their ability to be self-sufficient was getting less and less. Soon enough the elite masters orchestrating the social engineering would preclude most of humanity useless and hardly anyone will argue with the ghastly conclusion.

The irony is the simple life that we had before has always been available. How did life get so complex when we were supposed to be progressing into a modern world? Shouldn’t technology and progress make things better?

The man thought about these matters while dreaming of having a farm and homestead; at least the thoughts of yesteryear were still available to his mind, even though he was far from the experience and reality of those simple idealistic times before the so-called progress ruined it all.

He saw clearly how Americans had been deceived into the modern lie yet wondered with perplexity how they could be so oblivious to what they lost when it was a thousand times better than what they have now.

© 2023 Robbie Newport