In today's society, we take for granted the technology that surrounds us. From computers to automobiles, the Internet to telephones. All around, the world is a complex and complicated place to live.
In the Land of OZ, the world L. Frank Baum described in such vivid detail is lacking in the technology we couldn't live without. Water comes from a well and pumped by hand. There are no weapons and no need for any. The hand-written letter is still alive and quite an art form. All cooking is done by wood-fired stoves and milk is gathered fresh every day by hand, so to speak.
The Diggs family, now living in the Land of the Hoosiers, find themselves living a somewhat tech-free life as well. They do not own a television and Jamie Diggs is no worse off for it. He finds his simple pleasures in the daily life of an Indiana farmhouse. His mother, Amanda Diggs grinds her own meat to make meatloaf and prepares her own Potato Soup from scratch.
Their only contact with technology at home is the old Corvair, a lovely small automobile that serves the Diggs family admirably.
James Diggs loves his old Corvair and keeps it running as best he can, preferring it over newer, more expensive vehicles. Of course, he does make a living building Hovercraft in the Big City nearby. However, he does not own one, though he takes great pride in his work building something that can actually save lives.
Overall, the Diggs family lives a simple, pleasurable life with few concerns and many joys.
We should be as lucky.
Long live OZ!!!!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma