So I rewatched The Village last night. First, I'd just like to say that The Village is a great, and underrated, movie with an interesting concept, excellent direction, excellent performances, an excellent score and absolutely gorgeous cinematography on the part of Roger Deakins. Furthermore, M. Night Shyamalan is an underrated director, and of all his films, The Village is probably the best. The more I watch this movie, the more I realize how masterfully crafted it is. I do not get the hate. Second, it got me to thinking, what would it be like to actually attempt an experiment like this? Let's get past all the logistics of keeping planes from flying overhead and whatnot, and instead focus on the core idea: To recreate innocence via isolation from all modern cities and peoples, isolation from modern technology, and living a way of life according to the ways and customs of 18th century America. Personally, I find the idea intriguing, and perhaps even appealing. I am very wary of the permeation of technology in today's society, and have come to believe that for all its benefits it is actually doing us more harm than good by making us more cynical, less trusting, less considerate of others, and in some cases more perverse. And then there are the privacy concerns, which are innumerable. But even going beyond modern technology, I sometimes wonder if we've gone too far as a culture in terms of rejecting traditional values in favor of modernism and liberalism. I actually regard myself as fairly liberal in many ways, but I do often think that things have gotten out of hand, especially in regard to the sexualization of pretty much everything today. And while many call that "progress," the more I stop and think about it the more I think it might actually be a regression. It may be a hopelessly romantic notion, but I find something appealing about the idea of a simpler society, based upon community, family, honest work and simple pleasures. If I had the opportunity to participate in an experiment like this, I would definitely take it. I'm not saying it wouldn't eventually get old or I wouldn't eventually want to return to modern society, but I at least would be down to have that kind of experience once in my life. Am I alone in this? Or are there others out there who find this an intriguing proposition?