by Theresa Scott
Have you noticed how fast-paced modern life has become? Way faster-paced than in prior decades. I think the main reason for this is related to one thing: we’ve become accustomed to the widespread immediacy of information on anything and everything, thanks to the web. We can get information on just about any topic in the world, day or night, downloaded from the internet whenever our computers/iphones, etc. are charged up and working.
I can look up any topic and read about it in-depth. (Whether what I am reading is true and accurate is way beyond the scope of this blog.) An invisible web now connects all of us, all around the world. Did you notice?
Digression alert: if all this networking stuff is done invisibly, I do wonder how future archaeologists will ever figure out what the heck we’ve been doing with our time on the planet? Ah, but let’s not digress any further into future generations’ problems. Let’s stick with our own. Which in this case, is: life is fast-paced.
So why would the immediate availability of all types of information cause a problem, you ask? (Good Question.) As I see it, all this immediate delivery of celebrity news, shopping news, opinion pieces, etc. on the web also sets the stage for more information, faster, in our (visible) lives, outside the web. I begin to expect that this new speed with which things are available on the web should carry over to every other aspect of my life. Food. Transportation. Money. Health. Charity. Buying shoes.
Major announcement alert: I can announce that we, as a species, now (officially) love speedy delivery. In everything. Not only speedy delivery, but speedy preparation, and speediness, well… everywhere. We expect that because something is available on the internet, the actual work done behind whatever we are reading or wanting should also be done quicker than ever before. We expect that we can get what we want faster and it will be just as good. As drivers, we want to travel at faster speeds, expecting others—cars, bikes, pedestrians—to get out of our way. What else are horns for?
Omigosh. We have gotten ourselves into a hasty pickle with all these speedy delivery expectations. What is the answer, you ask? (Another Good Question.) The answer, as I see it, is: renewal. Renewal of self, renewal of our personal energy, renewal of our sense of wonder. Renewal of our ability to see each and every one of us as precious and valuable individuals. Renewal, renewal, renewal. (How to renew is also beyond the scope of this blog.)
Warning alert: you know, of course, that your efforts at renewal must be done… immediately.