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Posted on 06/04/2009 1:08:46 PM PDT by joeystoy
In his landmark book, Future Shock, Alvin Toffler postulated that it was not the nature of change that would cause the downfall of modern civilization, but the speed of change.
How could he have envisioned the world we inhabit today?
On the surface, the pace of modern life is accelerating exponentially. There's never enough time. We're always rushing. A short delay in the daily sprint causes road rage, high blood pressure and hemorrhoids.
Poor, poor us.
So it was with a combination of curiosity and skepticism that I picked up "In Praise of Slowness" by Carl Honoré. The sub-title, "How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed," provides some insight into the author's preconceptions, i.e. that speed, in and of itself, is the culprit.
I respectfully disagree.
Historically, when we look at the proponents of the simpler, slower life many have a unique and irritating trait in common: they have already made or inherited their millions.
Short of that, they have a comfortable social hammock woven of friends and family willing to indulge their indolence.
Invariably, those who can afford to contemplate their navels while seated in a half lotus position are already rich or they are counting on someone else to pay the rent.
(Excerpt) Read more at give-n-go.blogspot.com ...
I have that book somewhere in my Library, but have not thought about it in years.
Thanks for reminder.
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