For a world obsessed with high data rates, fast beats, speedy vehicles, fast foods, quick returns, faster growth,.. everything is insufficient and unsatisfactory. People of this generation expect everything to be highly efficient and less time consuming.
From music to movies, everything has to match the pace of people’s current crazy lifestyle. Genetically engineered high yielding crops and hybrid animals are introduced and nurtured to yield larger produce in less than half the required time for them to mature. Children are expected to learn too many things too quickly else they are branded as “low IQ” “dumb” “slow” etc. Even a snail is expected to fly.
Nowadays, politeness and courteousness are a luxury.
Nobody has the time to help a person on the road to locate an address, nobody is rich enough in time to wish a neighbor a good day. Food is no longer meant for health, thanks to the introduction of packed foods, junk food and fast food. People expect quicker replies to mails and texts; if you take more than 2 minutes to respond, you are out of the social circle.
Even blogs are expected to be not more than 300 words. If an article has more than 2 paragraphs, the reader gets bored.
People find a good 3 hour movie, so long and boring; they expect them to be not more than 1.5 hours. They lack patience to watch the characters mature and unravel the story slowly; it has to be quick –
Hero (common man) meets heroine (detective), supporting actor (another detective) is murdered, heroine is abducted, hero finds a clue, destroys the villain and rescues heroine, they fall in love.
How can art, literature and depiction of life and creativity be quick? It shows that man’s greed has no end. Technology is growing and everything is updated and developed at a faster rate than stated by Moore’s law. 😛
Result? More work pressure, More mental stress. Greater health issues. Lesser longevity. Troubled children. Broken families. Huge failures. Greater death rates. 😮
When I analyze and try to understand the different perceptions and ideologies, I really wonder how I belong to this generation?! How do I fit in? I am a person who took the adage “slow and steady wins the race” quite seriously since kindergarten. I take time to read classics, listen to melodies and cook an elaborate dish. I prefer riding a bicycle over cars and write down everything in my journal rather than typing it in smart notes with word predictions and auto-corrections. 😀
A handmade greeting with a love note is always more special and romantic than a machine generated default e-card with a customized message space. Isn’t it? Or am I the only one who feels so? Oh.. I wonder.. !
Sometimes I feel like I’m a Tortoise in the Cheetah world
Being a tortoise has never bothered me though..because I have a more peaceful and simple life. I have time to take a break, appreciate nature and good literature. I have space for better quality of work and spend precious time with my loved ones. Most importantly, I have time to think.
This fast paced world seems to have forgotten the mere fact that each day can only be 24 hours, every human baby needs 9 months to grow fully and be born, every piece of coal needs years to turn into a diamond and it takes an entire life to love. Opinions may differ, lifestyles may vary.. but..
No matter how hard you try you can never change the rules of the universe and the laws of nature.
All we have is right now. So take your time as there is never a second chance to savor this moment. 🙂