The following is an excerpt from an article by a man named Troy Cauley. It is titled “Hindsight” and was first printed in the Southern Partisan over 30 years ago. If one can appreciate anything beyond “modernity” as to life’s heart such as: family, tradition, manners, love, friendship and at the same time cease worshipping gold, silver, technology, “industrial revolutions” and the Federal Reserve (The Devil’s  gatekeeper for man) this excerpt is, while not an elixir, a wonderful description and a light salve for life as perhaps God meant it to be lived, as on-this-earth flawed and sinful man.

This concept is for conservatives who truly “conserve” and understand characteristics such as Jeffersonianism’s heartbeat of localism and self- governing. Conservatism is not Ayn Rand and/or foreign wars.

God made His “chosen people” into twelve tribes—not a single “national” one.

When most people (I hope) look into their past, the locus AND focus are on the home, the family—and to those kind memories that God has planted in us.

Now, enough of my babbling. Mr. Cauley from here:

Technological progress in the past century has been outstanding in the field of transportation. Let’s illustrate it. When I was a small boy in central Texas (1930s) we lived about nine miles from the county seat, a town of three or four thousand people. In the fall we took a bale of cotton to town in a wagon. With a load of this sort, the team of horses walked about four miles an hour along the dirt road, thus taking a little over two hours for the trip. A short time ago (1980s) I flew from Texas to California in a 747 jet in about the same length of time. That looks like incredible progress. Let’s examine it more closely.

On the flight to California I saw virtually nothing of the country. From an elevation of 36.000 feet, all we saw were some weather-beaten clouds. Our seats were narrow and jammed together, but I visited with no one.  Nobody showed any interest in me. I was in a crowd but it was a very lonely crowd.

On the trip to town with the bale of cotton, we visited with fellow travelers along the way. We exchanged hearty greetings with neighbors as they sat on their porches. My brother and I had the whole back-end of the wagon in which to roll, tumble and wrestle. We saw field-larks in the pasture and heard their cheerful calls. Bob-white quail thundered out of the bushes along the fencerows. Jackrabbits raced off for the cover of the post-oaks. The trip was a big success even before we got to town.

In a sense, of course, all of this is trivial. But in a broader sense, it is highly illustrative of a basic fact: human nature is better adapted in a simple technology than to a highly complex one. People cannot live happily in a society of bread and circuses, especially when the bread has little or no nutritional value and the circuses consist mainly of endless hours of television depicting violence, vulgarity, and unclassified stupidity. The movies aren’t much (if any) better. A large part of the use of alcohol and other drugs can be traced to a basic cause: boredom. Boredom bred of routine factory jobs, impersonal “personal services” jobs, watching spectator sports instead of participating in true play, “dating” with uninteresting and generally inadequate partners, driving to and from a detested job through ever-growing traffic jams; you can expand the list for yourself…

Paul H. Yarbrough

I was born and reared in Mississippi, lived in both Louisiana and Texas (past 40 years). My wonderful wife of 43 years who recently passed away was from Louisiana. I have spent most of my business career in the oil business. I took up writing as a hobby 7 or 8 years ago and love to write about the South. I have just finished a third novel. I also believe in the South and its true beliefs.


  • scott t says:

    i cant go along with this. i used to commute by car to a job in a city and in spring and summer once back at home i then did a 4 mile drive and I was at a corps of engineers (technological wonder) lake surrounded by neighborhoods… until it got dark. i saw opsreys at this fake lake, i saw the sunset, i saw deer, snakes and caught a few fish too. sometimes at night i would take a raft back out at night and see beavers and had complete silence on the water at 11pm in an inflatable raft in a city (raleigh). good stuff. yeah…i hate flying too and have had much better roadtrips cross country. but you can enjoy yourself in an urban setting on some occasions.

    was lincoln responsible for murder…i believe so. did he turn over every other fort in the south except for one, and then secretly send troops to another violating armistice like agreements….i think he did. did anti slavery in the north basically mean keep blacks in the south and have them go the “way of the dodo’…probably. and i think the confederate monument in raleigh that said simply ‘to our confederate dead’ should not have been destroyed by out of town POS. i despise those people.

    • Nicki Cribb says:

      Unfortunately, the Democrat party and the left, are the American Taliban, in that they are both hell-bent on erasing actual history and rewriting it in their version, sorta like the Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984, and eradicating any physical reminders, rather than learn the lessons which those monuments have to teach.
      We are now more divided and estranged politically and socially since 1860.
      Be awake and aware my friend.
      Some people that I once knew as friends, now refuse to recognize or speak to me over my dislike of and disagreement with a senile and incompetent inhabitant of our White House.

  • Robert Orians says:

    I also blame the cowardly republicans for not standing up for righteousness and history . Defiling a grave or a statue will get you a noose when the war is over .

  • Ouida W. Felker says:

    It was with gladness of heart that I have read your rebuttal of Mr. Will’s terrible article about our General Lee. I was horrified when I read , the last article I will ever read, the editorial by Mr. Will.
    Mr Yarbrough, I was born in Vicksburg, the Gibraltar of the West, on a cold and frosty morning (Halloween!) and have also resided in Georgia and Tennessee.
    Please tell me the names of some of your publications. My library will be more complete with some of your works.

    Thank you!

    • Paul Yarbrough says:

      Dear Quida Walker ,
      I am so sorry for the tardy reply. I forget to check replies OFTEN. Sorry.
      Besides The Abbeville Institute which is kind enough to allow me space to sound off, currently I write some articles for The Blue State Conservative(online) as well as Lew Rockwell from time to time. Again, I apologize for the delay.
      Paul Yarbrough

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