Become a modernist or stick to traditional values?

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We live in a modern world. It is vastly different to older times. Even 30 years ago, it is a massive difference.

Do the old traditional values still have a place or should we become modernist?

To be a modernist you embrace the modern world, you use credit, you bet online, you dabble in porn, you watch youtube, and perhaps perform on it.

You eschew old values. Saving pennies, does not mean you will save pounds, because its all plastic these days.

Save for a rainy day? Really? Since when did we go out every sunny day? It costs a lot of money if you want to get a coffee or a lunch.

But then the traditional values have been around since the beginning of time. Should we be so quick to forget about them?
 
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Lot to be said for mash-ups. Wild things run fast but do wild times go on forever? History isn't divided into old and new. It's divided into storms and calms like the weather, and so dress appropriately. It's a vapid time full of vapid innovation that doesn't mean much, distraction mostly. Can't last.
 
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Lot to be said for mash-ups. Wild things run fast but do wild times go on forever? History isn't divided into old and new. It's divided into storms and calms like the weather, and so dress appropriately. It's a vapid time full of vapid innovation that doesn't mean much, distraction mostly. Can't last.
Strike one for the old way of life. Cool, I get that. As long as you don't mean these fellows:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/amish_1.shtml
 
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I kind of do a mixture of the old and the new. I do Buddhism, but a key part of that is YouTube lectures of dharma teachers. I save but I do online banking. I use videoconferencing to keep up with my family but I also go to traditional family barbecues. I have a smartphone but I don't dabble in porn or internet dating.

I feel I'm culturally pretty conservative. I play almost no games anymore. I go to museums. I read some books, mostly famous ones, but not that many. I go to the cinema maybe 4-5 times a year. I buy the clothes I need, not the ones that follow trends.

But I'm technically quite advanced and knowledgeable, having spent a long time working in computers. I know programming, I know software design, I know how teams work. So professionally I've been in that fast paced, innovative world.

So I think it's important to stay with the times. The smartphone and always-on connection to the Internet have changed the world. But it's also important not to advance too quickly, the old ways evolved out of many years of looking at "what works" and it's best to pay that the respect it is due.
 
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The Marvel films about Captain America have a sub plot about the difficulties he faces fitting into the modern world. He grew up in the WW2 era.

I watched the film 'The Big Short' recently, which I recommend, and there was a stripper who had 5 mortgages. An example of modernity.

I put this in the spiritual forum, because I think it is relevant to today, and how we lead our lives at a moral or maybe just practical level.

I am not sure if we are entering a modern age, where everything is different. Maybe money is cheaper now. Even in the old days their money was intrinsically precious.

Or do we declare it a modern disaster and hark back to the old times. I read that Daesh started minting coins in silver and gold in their controlled regions. I would not follow them, besides there is not enough precious metal, and I am certain it has stopped old fashioned crime.