"Thus says Hashem (The LORD), stand on the highways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk upon it and you shall find rest for your souls. " (Jerimiah 6:16)
The Fly Guy Affect is something I coined after seeing a scene from the movie I'm Gonna Get You Sucka. In this movie there is a character named Fly Guy who has been in prison since the 1970's and was released in the late 1980's. During one of the scenes he remembers when he was at the top of game and was the biggest "player" out there.
In the below scene Fly Guy gets out of jail to reclaim his "empire" from before he was imprisoned. What he doesn't know is that fashion has changed since he was in prison. So he leaves wearing the cloths he wore when he first went into prison. He exits the prison thinking he is looking good, like he supposedly did in the 1970's.
Simple Judaism's online site contains a page called Science and Judaism, which explains similar concepts in the following manner.
Judaism has empirical roots in the Sinai experience. For a Jew, faith is a rational extension of what he knows to be true. Faith is what allows us to stretch our horizons into areas we cannot know for sure (which actually is most of our life). Without this faith, we would be very limited indeed. But that does not mean that you can believe what you want.
Reason is what ensures that what we believe in is the most rational and empirically supported of all the alternatives. For example, when we say that we believe in G-d, what we mean is that G-d is the best explanation for the facts of the world as we see them. Judaism values reason so highly that it is at the center of our Oral Law. Something which is purely logical needs no further proof, and is considered as binding as if a verse had been written in the Torah. But Judaism also recognizes that faith based on reason alone would be a cold, philosophical faith, not a real relationship with G-d. We are multi-faceted and capable of complex relationships with things. A Jew is simultaneously critical and believing, skeptical and passionate, questioning and trusting. it is this marvelous little bag of rich responses, which makes commitment to Judaism so rewarding.
Further, the idea is that there is no need to really conceptualize the blend of the past with the present. Living as a past tense person in a present sense is a part of everyday life here in Israel, as well as most of the Middle East. We live in realities that are predicated upon the past as it still exists, yet dealing with the world at it evolves.
It is no problem for example for me to dress the way Jews did years ago, and still use a cell phone. It is no problem for me to sing songs that are hundreds of years old, while using modern instruments. It is no problem for me to live a religious lifestyle the way my ancestors did and at the same time go surfing on the internet. So the Fly Guy Affect is far from what I am talking about when I talk about the Old Ways. The below videos are more in line with what I am speaking on. I have posted these songs before, but I like them so much I will post them again with explanations.