The folk of ancient Britain were hardy. More, they knew how to do things which we, with our pampered lifestyle, cannot imagine. Even the most poverty-stricken beggar on the street is far more cossetted by technology than was the highest king or priest of old, even though the beggar feels a loss of connectedness and the priest knew contentment with his lot.
That said, people generally tend to grow accustomed to a lifestyle, so if a person relies more and more on technological valets and scientific crutches then he could become just as hooked as the most far gone heroin fiend, with a cold turkey even less appetising than if it was just the absense of substances that was the problem.
We, therefore, at the Troubadours of Albion, value self-reliance. We may not be especially expert at DIY and what-you-will, but we won’t shirk from the task either. Of course, it’s easier and less messy to pay someone to tile your bathroom but, if you have the time and can learn a few basics, why not do it yourself? It’s not rocket science to read and follow instructions. If we bake a cake, isn’t it far nicer to sample one’s own efforts than to trudge down the shop and exchange an increasingly large amount for something factory produced with little care and no knowledge of the final consumer?
But not only that – the skills our ancestors used in doing without the bells and whistles we nowadays take for granted are gradually being lost. They may not seem entirely relevant to the modern day, but technology cannot entirely be trusted, and it’s useful to have a backup at all times. We might not be able to build a round-house unless we find a patch of common land to which nobody lays claim, but all things are possible – even some of the things which aren’t.
Besides, links with our ancestors are important: these are our roots, and we forget our roots at our peril. Without our roots we become fair game for manipulators of any kidney; but with them, we are strong. If we are proud of who we are and from whence we came, then our present and future, and that of our children, are the better for it.