In our fast-moving modern world, it always seems that the time-train is pulling out of the station just as we reach the platform. No matter how fast we go, no matter how cleverly we schedule, there are never enough hours in the day.
Carl Honore, wrote a book In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed, to explore why we’re always in such a rush, what if anything is the cure for time-sickness, and whether it’s desirable to slow down.
The problem is that our love for speed, our obsession with doing more and more in less and less time has gone too far; it has turned into an addiction, a kind of idolatry. Even when speed starts to backfire, we invoke the go-faster gospel.
When we rush, we skim the surface, and fail to make real connections with the world or other people. We’ve forgotten how to look forward to things, and how to enjoy the moment when they arrive.
In this media-drenched, data-rich channel-surfing, computer-gaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting out the background noise and distractions, of slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts.
Calm down. Do nothing today. Breathe.
~ Peace out, beautiful human ~