Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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ONE should be careful when doing an issue of the NI not to climb on too high a horse. The very things you criticize in the wider world are often things that you are guilty of yourself. This issue, about our desire to go ever faster - a desire shaped in large part by turbo-capitalism and its technological possibilities - is a case in point.

I rail long and hard against the consequences of incessant speed-up. But am I one to talk? Most people don't think of me as swift, despite my name. Teachers used to make bad jokes over the irony of it all. But sometimes I do go too fast: I don't think enough about the small pleasures of the moment; I don't fully appreciate what life is dishing up, jumping too quickly to what is coming next. It's a common enough fault, I guess, but it can rob you of the potential happiness of the here and now. …

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