Outlander, Season 3:Episode 1, 29:13
Frank and Claire are settling in their new home in Boston, having breakfast.
The kettle whistles, and Frank holds up a tea bag.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again. These are an abomination."
"Well, that's how they drink it here."
"Mm. It doesn't even smell like tea after weeks of sitting in these paper diapers."
"There is coffee if you'd rather."
"I mean, why change something that works perfectly well. Tea in a tin. Scoop it out. Put it in a pot. Is it really so difficult?"
"I suppose not."
"Well, I'm not sure I'll ever understand the American obsession with <em>the new</em>. Everything has to be new, new, new."
I understand the dialogue. This isn't just about tea. It's about rushing through the small pleasures in life just to get something that's easier and faster than before. It means compromising just to save some time. This isn't just about America, but many places that have evolved into fast-paced societies. We moved so fast, and now I'm disheartened that there isn't any going back. I'd love to have a way to enjoy the past's simple pleasures. But we have the internet, jet planes, and drive-throughs.
I try to keep things simple in my own home. I do drink loose-leaf tea, but I have to order it online. It's interesting that I need to use a modern day method to find something from the past.