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In praise of slowness - Carl Honore

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Journalist Carl Honoré believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives. Honoré is best known for his advocacy of the Slow Movement. His book "In Praise of Slowness" dissects our speed-obsessed society and celebrates those who have gotten in touch with their "inner tortoise."

Honoré observes, “We used to dial; now we speed dial. We used to read; now we speed read. We used to walk; now we speed walk. And of course, we used to date and now we speed date.” Can you think of other examples of how we’ve accelerated the pace of our daily activities? How much of this is our own doing, in your opinion, and how much is driven by changes in our environment (e.g. the evolution of technology)?

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