Monday, March 28, 2011

Speed For Thought

An excerpt from Why Dogs Go After Mail Carriers by Garret Keizer, which appeared in Harper's Notebook, September 2010.

"Speed alters our brain chemistry; it leaves us too little time to smell the roses -- a favourite trope among those who would do better to smell their own exhaust. In essence, the speed of a capitalistic society is about leaving others behind, the losers in the race, the "pedestrians" at the side of the road, the people with obsolete computers and junker cars and slow-yield investments. An obsessions with speed is also the fear of being left behind oneself -- which drives the compulsion to buy the new car, the faster laptop, the inflated stock. For fear of becoming dinosaurs we are turned into sheep."

From here to there,