anachronist, n     /əˈnækrənɪst/  rare—1.

One who commits or supports an anachronism;
one out of harmony with his own time.

(Oxford English Dictionary, Second edition, 1989.)


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Contemporaneity, in the sense of being ‘up with the times,’ is of no value. A competent wakefulness to experience — as well as to instruction and example — is another matter. But what we call the modern world is not necessarily, and not often, the real world, and there is no virtue in being up to date in it. It is a false world, based upon economies and values and desires that are fantastical — a world in which millions of people have lost any idea of the resources, the disciplines, the restraints, and the labor necessary to support human life, and who have thus become dangerous to their own lives and to the possibility of life. The job now is to get back to that other perennial and substantial world in which we really do live, in which the foundations of our life will be visible to us, and in which we can accept our responsibilities again within the conditions of necessity and mystery. In that world all competently wakeful and responsible people, dead, living, and unborn, are contemporaries. And that is the only contemporaneity worth having.” – Wendell Berry


 “In our time the very act of loving old things, of preserving old homes, old clothes, and old neighborhoods, and also old fields and old forests, is a radical and countercultural act. But actually it is a mode of sacramental awareness, a way of being available to the Breathing [of God].”
-Jay McDaniel, Living from the Center

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