Excerpt from the Letter to Ma & Pa

#2 – This excerpt from Carl Honore’’s book Praise of Slowness, “Fast is busy, controlling, aggressive, hurried, analytical, stressed, superficial, impatient, active, quantity-over-quality. Slow is the opposite: calm, careful, receptive, still, intuitive, unhurried, patient, reflective, quality-over-quantity. It is about making real and meaningful connections – with people, culture, work, food, everything.” #3 – From Denis Haack (Critique Magazine), “Being inundated with information leads to unhappiness. …Being bombarded by news 24/7, and having immediate, all-the-time, access to information breeds misery.” Denis quotes David Brooks, saying, “Many of us consume ‘political’ news and commentary in a concupiscent sort of way – voluntarily subjecting ourselves to gratuitous information and stimuli. The unhappiness results speak for themselves. Our mood is affected most by the news we most consume.” Denis ends the article by saying, “Part of the difficulty is that no one wants to appear ‘uninformed,’ and so we assume the problem is not in the situation but in our weakness. Both turn out to be mistaken ideas.”


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