The Cure for Restlessness
This century's mad dash of innovation has produced the most frantic human era ever.
We phone, we fax, we page, we e-mail, we race from one end of life to the other, rarely glancing over our shoulders.
Technology, mass media, the desire to do more, do it better, do it yesterday, has turned us into a world of hurriers.
Stop and smell the roses? No more. Instead we got a world of seven-day diets, 24-hour news channels, one-hour photo processing, 30 minute pizza deliveries, 10 minute facials, two-minute warnings, and Minute Rice.
Fast food, fast computers, fast cars, fast lanes, and VCRs with five fast-forward settings.
Rat race, instant coffee, and get rich quick. Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse. Run on empty, just do it, places to go, people to meet, planners to fill, files to download, bills to pay, planes to catch, frozen dinners to nuke, websites to surf, kids to pick up, stress to manage, and speeding tickets to pay.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."
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Portions of this text taken from the The Wire -- News From the Associated Press, December 27, 1998, It's the 20th Century -- Hurry Up!.