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When are we going to slow down?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Environmental activist Jeremy Rifkin was one of the first to raise questions about the desirability of speed in his 1987 book Time Wars:

We have quickened the pace of life only to become less patient. We have become more organized but less spontaneous, less joyful. We are better prepared to act on the future but less able to enjoy the present and reflect on the past.

As the tempo of modern life has continued to accelerate, we have come to feel increasingly out of touch with the biological rhythms of the planet, unable to experience a close connection with the natural environment. The human time world is no longer joined to the incoming and outgoing tides, the rising and setting sun, and the changing seasons. Instead, humanity has created an artificial time environment punctuated by mechanical contrivances and electronic impulses.
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  • v BETTAPRINCESS
    I totally agree that's why our family tries to rest and get together at least once a week no matter how much we have to do most weeks that works, but you know living in the real world and all sometimes it does n't lol.
    1797 days ago
  • v SPARKLISE
    I've been saying that for years!Things go so fast and it's hard to slow down because everybody wants to go go go. I take it easier now and i do enjoy natures beauty. emoticon emoticon
    1956 days ago
  • v JSE0417
    How true. I try to practice staying in NOW! It is so hard when I see everything moving around me at warp speed.
    I went to Myrtle Beach with some friends last week and really practiced. I really noticed the gifts of shells given by the sea and was able to find such simple joy in the "free shopping" and restocking everytime the waves came back in.
    2004 days ago
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