Anachronism: (n) a thing that belongs in another period than the present, usually referring to old-fashioned.
One of the more rib-tickling moments in my recent life was when I overheard two seven-year-old kids discussing how Kraft macaroni and cheese dinners used to have better cheese–when they were younger.
It was both endearing and enlightening.
It made me realize that it is possible at any age to reflect back on a previous time, which you have convinced yourself contained more promise, power or purpose.
It got me thinking.
What are anachronisms? What makes something old-fashioned? Just because some individual promoting an agenda wants to claim that a particular attribute is old-fashioned doesn’t make it so, Joe.
Because the things I find to be anachronistic are the causes put forth in our society which have historically proven to be errant or stupid:
1. Drug addiction.
We may want to debate whether drugs should be a crime or a freedom, but it doesn’t change the fact that any time you suck in smoke, swallow a pill or ingest a fluid to change your mood, you’re admitting that you, personally, do not have the ability to be happy without props.
2. Cultural appreciation.
I know some people think it’s important for black children to learn black culture, Chinese children their particular rendition and Hispanic offspring to pay their respects to Cinco de Mayo, but candidly, it’s just another subtle form of racism. It’s a way of distinguishing differences in the human race which only pull us apart instead of joining us together.
3. An aversion to manners.
Yes, there are folks who insist that being a lady or a gentleman–courteous–is too up-tight or phony. What is phony is thinking that you can treat people like crap and not end up being considered a turd yourself.
4. And finally (at least for this list), there is an ongoing belief that there is a battle between God and science.
Matter of fact, we’re choosing up sides again.
If we really believe there’s a God, then His creation certainly instituted scientific fact and Earth’s physics. If there is no God, then we’d better cuddle up to science, because it’s our only chance.
So since I believe in both, I consider it intelligent to keep them friendly.
- An anachronism is something from the past that we cling to.
- Tradition is a practice that we continue because of reputation.
But wisdom is an anachronism that needs to become a tradition because it offers human beings a chance to overcome our jungle … and plant a new garden.
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