Heaping blame on yourself is the easy way to deal with a problem. It weighs you down, stops you in your path, is an excuse to do nothing... It will take more strength to accept your burden and walk on with it. Soon you find yourself in a different place -- stronger, wiser. And there your burden falls.
Getting from one place to another quickly does not add time to our lives. What is important is being truly present wherever we are.
But don't you miss some of the gadgets, the technology?
For us it is a question of what we must forfeit to have them. If I accept the television, I must lose conversations with my children. If I accept the car, the airplane, must I also accept weapons of war? Where do you draw the line?
But isn't the covenant you keep with your faith, with your people, that you will obey their edicts -- all of them -- and if you don't, you lose the grace of their fellowship?
If that is all I lose, I lose very little.
Look at the anger in your face, sir, and in your sons' faces. I think you've lost much more.