THE INTRODUCTION TO A CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY - DOC ZONE
Single living was once considered a shameful, social aberration. Not anymore.
Today major trends like communication technology, urbanization, gender equality and increased longevity are radically reshaping that reality. The vast number of adults living alone is something entirely new in the human experience.
Listen to an interview with director, Scott Harper onThe Current.
Throughout history and in all cultures, the family unit has been the building block of society. Whether huddled in igloos, mud huts, Victorian row houses or public tower blocks, humans, the most social of animals, have always lived life under a shared roof. Food, safety, health and reproduction all depended on it. Exile was the severest form of punishment, surpassed only by execution.
Today, however, we have entered the era of an unprecedented social experiment in which more people are choosing to live alone than ever before. The number of adults living alone has tripled in half a century. In North America, more than fifty per cent of us are single. Nearly a third of all households have just one resident. Single people now outnumber married people.
Why is it happening? What does it matter?
Through profiles of exuberantly single adults; a short history of the nuclear family and its gradual erosion; and a look at the role of women, technology and urbanization in the sea change toward singledom, Flying Solo thoughtfully and provocatively reveals what’s fuelling the trend and what it means for our future.
SO IT IS THE MODERN STATS TODAY IN THE WEST, OR AT LEAST IN CANADA, AND MAYBE THE USA.
THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE FLYING IT SOLO, LIVING ALONE, THAN EVER BEFORE, IN FACT MORE LIVING IT ALONE THAN MARRIED WITH CHILDREN.
IT'S A REVOLUTION SO THEY ARE SAYING. BUT AGAIN WE IN THE WEST HAVE REVOLUTIONIZED MANY THINGS IN THE LAST 50 OR 60 YEARS. ONE SAD REVOLUTION IS HAVING SEX WITH WHOM YOU FEEL LIKE, WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE; YES WE'VE KNOWN OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION FOR DECADES. JUST BECAUSE IT'S A FACT, AND DONE, IT SEEMS WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT; JUST BECAUSE SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE IS A NORM OF MODERN LIFE TODAY, DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT OR GOOD.
WE TODAY DO MANY THINGS THAT WERE NOT DONE 50 AND 60 YEARS AGO, WHEN OUR NATIONS FOLLOWED THE BIBLE MORE; OUR NATIONS WERE AT ONE TIME FOUNDED UPON THE WORD OF GOD TO A PRETTY LARGE EXTENT; SUCH IS NOT THE CASE TODAY. SO WITH OPEN SEX, A MORE COMPLICATED WORLD, A MORE "WORK AND CAREER" LADIES WORLD THAN EVER BEFORE; IT'S NOT SURPRISING THEN THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE MARRYING LATER IN LIFE, HAVING CHILDREN LATER IN LIFE, AND EVEN JUST FLYING IT ALONE..... GOING IT ALONE.
IT'S ONE MORE STEP AWAY FROM HOW THE ETERNAL GOD CREATED IT TO BE; FOR WHEN HE CREATED MAN, HE LOOKED AND SAID, "IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE." IT'S IN THE FIRST CHAPTERS OF GENESIS.
NOW BEING ALONE IS NOT SIN PER SE. SOMETIMES BEING ALONE MAY BE NECESSARY FOR SOME. THE APOSTLE PAUL, FROM WHAT WE CAN SEE FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT WAS ALONE, IN THE SENSE OF NOT MARRIED. BUT WE ALSO SEE MANY IF NOT MOST OF THE OTHER APOSTLES WERE MARRIED. NOW PAUL WAS NOT ALONE IN OTHER WAYS, HE HAD FRIENDS IN THE FAITH, BRETHREN HE WORKED WITH IN THE GOSPEL MINISTRY. SO THERE CAN BE EXCEPTIONS TO THE OVERALL OF GOD'S OVERALL DESIRE AND PLAN THAT MAN SHOULD NOT BE ALONE IN THE SENSE GOD MEANS WHEN "IT IS NOT GOOD FOR A MAN TO BE ALONE."
I HAVE BEEN "ALONE" IN GOD'S SENSE FOR 17 YEARS NOW. BUT THEN I'M NOT ALONE IN MANY OTHER SENSES OF "ALONE." IN LATER AGE I FOUND MYSELF ALONE IN LIVING, BUT NOT ALONE IN OTHER PARTS OF MY LIFE. LIKE THE APOSTLE PAUL I AM SOMEWHAT CONSUMED WITH THE GOSPEL WORK. READING, STUDYING, WRITING, UPLOADING TO MY WEBSITE, BY THE HOURS. THEN GOD HAS MADE SURE I'M NOT ALONE IN OTHER PARTS OF MY LIFE - I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF RETIRING FROM SECULAR WORK IN ANY FULL WAY; SO I HAVE PART TIME WORK STILL TEACHING MUSIC, AND WORKING AS CARETAKER FOR A COMMUNITY CENTER. THEN GOD BLESSED ME 10 YEARS AGO COME NEXT SPRING, BY GIVING ME THE HORSE OF MY BOYHOOD DREAMS.....A BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED GOLDEN PALOMINO MARE, THE DARK GOLD COLOR WITH SUPER CONFORMATION [HER GRAND-DAD WAS "I'M IMPRESSIVE" - THE USA HALTER CHAMPION], HENCE MY TIME WITH HER AND WITH OTHERS IN THE HORSE WORLD.
BUT THE SECULAR MODERN TREND OF "GOING IT ALONE" IS NOT WHAT GOD WANTS IN THE LARGE SCHEME OF LIFE.
BUT IT IS ONE MORE TREND OF DEPARTING FROM OUR NATIONS THROWING OUT THE BIBLE. SUCH A LARGE TREND THAT CBC CANADA'S DOC ZONE THOUGHT THEY NEEDED TO DO A FULL DOCUMENTARY ON THE ALARMING FACTS OF TODAY'S WESTERN WORLD.
IT IS THE MODERN TREND TO NOW AS NEVER BEFORE "GOING IT ALONE" - A TREND THAT WILL PROBABLY NOT BE REVERSED UNTIL THE AGE TO COME HAS COME.