By "It" I mean our rural roots. I've noticed this before but it came to me again this last week when I read about the fatal house fire in CT which was caused by someone collecting the ashes from a fireplace in a paper bag and then leaving them outside the door. This is just an example of how we are forgetting those simply things our grand or great-grand parents knew. You see it where urban and suburban rules prohibit things like gardening and small animal (including chickens) raising. People can no longer tolerate common farming noise, odors and practices that create noise or inconvenience us. They have shut themselves off from how their food is grown to the point that they don't care to know anything that goes on as long as it isn't done in their backyard. Unless, of course it makes them sick or disturbs their sleep, at which point they want it regulated to the nth degree. I worry about it. I read things on here where questions about animal husbandry and gardening are asked that I've known forever--probably from a parent, grandparent or relative. I live in an area where people move with the idea they are going to "get back to nature" and, after a year or two, fail and move (my next door neighbors are doing that as I speak, returning to urban NJ). I worry that once my generation is gone, unless someone is running a big, corporate-type farm with a degree in agricultural engineering, they won't know how to plant seeds, butcher animals or survive without access to a supermarket. Even the common sense, simple things like splitting wood and handling fireplace ashes are being lost the rest aren't going to be far behind.