What we call sustainability today was the way of life 200 years ago.
A small German village has been resurrected from its neglect into a wellness retreat based upon sustainability and a way of life free from toxic modernity, while still keeping electricity and modern communication media.
It is a good example of how understanding and reinterpreting the past can open-up to a progressive future.
Thinking about history as a one-way timeline, where technologies define progress, is replaced by a way of thinking about history and time as a continuum, and where progress is defined by improvement in terms of quality. This turns a vision of the past into something fluid and makes concepts accessible which are impossible to grasp from a timeline version of history.
If applied to culture, the advantages of such continuum thinking are obvious: meaningful value, locked-up in a narrow vision of history, becomes accessible again and available for reinterpretation. 'Forward' and 'backward' obtain different meanings.