We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more
into each minute, each hour, each day. Since the Industrial Revolution
shifted the world into high gear, the cult of speed has pushed us to a
breaking point. Consider these facts: Americans on average spend seventy-
two minutes of every day behind the wheel of a car, a typical business
executive now loses sixty-eight hours a year to being put on hold, and
American adults currently devote on average a mere half hour per week to
making love. Living on the edge of exhaustion, we are constantly reminded
by our bodies and minds that the pace of life is spinning out of control.
In Praise of Slowness traces the history of our increasingly breathless
relationship with time and tackles the consequences of living in this
accelerated culture of our own creation. Why are we always in such a rush?
What is the cure for time sickness? Is it possible, or even desirable, to
slow down? Realizing the price we pay for unrelenting speed, people all
over the world are reclaiming their time and slowing down the pace -- and
living happier, healthier, and more productive lives as a result. A Slow
revolution is taking place. Here you will find no Luddite calls to
overthrow technology and seek a preindustrial utopia. This is a modern
revolution, championed by cell-phone using, e-mailing lovers of sanity. The
Slow philosophy can be summed up in a single word -- balance. People are
discovering energy and efficiency where they may have been least expected
-- in slowing down. In this engaging and entertaining exploration, award-
winning journalist and rehabilitated speedaholic Carl Honoré details our
perennial love affair with efficiency and speed in a perfect blend of
anecdotal reportage, history, and intellectual inquiry. In Praise of
Slowness is the first comprehensive look at the worldwide Slow movements
making their way into the mainstream -- in offices, factories,
neighborhoods, kitchens, hospitals, concert halls, bedrooms, gyms, and
schools. Defining a movement that is here to stay, this spirited manifesto
will make you completely rethink your relationship with time.

Carl Honore—In Praise Of Slowness - Challenging The Cult Of Speed

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