Most of modern life, all our diseases, are diseases of abundance, not diseases of scarcity.
Sometime we forget to value the small things, that inspire us more than the large! We should learn from daily than planning stupid future.
There are so many simple things getting unnoticed in me, it makes me feel I am a robot!
My biggest problem with modernity may lie in the growing separation of the ethical and the legal
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Modern consumer life is a form of extreme passive violence against all people.
Like a speeding trainI am passing by…I don’t knowwhere I’m headingwith whom or whyall I know is thatI will never, everpass from here againall I know is I’m skidding forwardon this track of life.
Being busy is a distraction and I am sure that doing nothing, resting and sleeping are all good cures for modern life. I am not suggesting we all do nothing but sleep, however, sometimes stopping...
What organized dating sites fail to understand is that the people are far more interesting in what they don’t say about themselves.
…we spend more time gazing at luminous screens than into the eyes of our loved ones.
The multiplication of technologies in the name of efficiency is actually eradicating free time by making it possible to maximize the time and place for production and minimize the unstructured travel time in between…Too, the...
He remembered believing there had been a time when monsters roamed the earth. The brave hearted fought flesh-and-blood dragons instead of shadowboxing their inner demons, the sport of modern man.
When you don’t know where you’re going, you drive on the highway.
As a confirmed melancholic, I can testify that the best and maybe only antidote for melancholia is action. However, like most melancholics, I suffer also from sloth.
Now, 75 years [after To Kill a Mockingbird], in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.[Open Letter, O Magazine, July 2006]
Depression: the healthy suspicion that modern life has no meaning and that modern society is absurd and alienating.
the costume of the nineteenth century is detestable. It is so sombre, so depressing. Sin is the only real colour-element left in modern life.
Y lo que, por el contrario, me sucede a mí en las raras horas de placer, lo que para mí es delicia, suceso, elevación y éxtasis, eso no lo conoce, ni lo ama, ni lo...
When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away – even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of...
People always knock what’s new but I love the modern Internet, where cleverness is currency. Social media is a cleverness meritocracy. We’re living in it.
—Alexei Maxim Russell
The classical man’s worst fear was inglorious death; the modern man’s worst fear is just death
We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is...
People with Books. What, in 2007, could be more incongruous than that? It makes me want to laugh.”[Afterword]
Nowadays, the Internet decides if you’re good, not the big man in the big office. No matter how important that man thinks he is, everyone else knows that he’s not important anymore, and the Internet...
The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free
Although we may wish for more or strive to do better than we have, in these times it is enough to keep your soul.
And a sensible work strategy might be: surrender to the task but not to the taskmaster, become absorbed in the work itself but never absorb the work ethos.
But now we live in a time and in a culture when mystery tends to mean something more answerable, it means a crime novel, a thriller, a drama on TV, usually one where we’ll find...
Apollinaire said a poet should be ‘of his time.’ I say objects of the Digital Age belong in newspapers, not literature. When I read a novel, I don’t want credit cards; I want cash in...
You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.
When we think we’re multitasking we’re actually multiswitching. That is what the brain is very good at doing – quickly diverting its attention from one place to the next. We think we’re being productive. We...
Before this generation lose the wisdom, one advice – read books.
People these days can’t seem to tolerate one moment without entertainment!
—Samuel A. Akroyd
One good test of whether an economy is humanistic or not is the plausibility of earning the ability to drop out of it for a while without incident or insult.
Perhaps we now need to engineer scarcity in our communications, in our interactions, and in the things we consume. Otherwise our lives become like a Morse code transmission that’s lacking breaks – a swarm of...
There is a danger of developing a blanket distaste for modern life which could have its attractions but lack the all-important images to help us identify them.
—Alain de Botton
He’s a friend of the family.”So that’s it, Neal thought. You bought me; you own me.
Every technology will alienate you from some part of your life. That is its job. Your job is to notice. First notice the difference. And then, every time, choose.
To live in modernity–an era contemporaneous with the triumph of the news–is to be constantly reminded that, thanks to science and technology, change and improvement are continuous and relentless. This is part of the reason...
The early settlers amazed her–they had pluck, they led lives of sweaty drama. Theirs was a world of corsets and whipping posts and indentured servitude. People worked the land and died in ungainly ways. Modern...
Never forget that you live in an ecosystem designed to disrupt you and it will take you for a ride if you let it.
Progress has not brought about universal happiness…
—Adam Leith Gollner
sometimes I hearscreaming like a childand wake upto find it’s me
I do wonder if the modern world creates these desperations for you. It makes you crave products you don’t want. It places its imperatives in front of religion, faith. It employs certain people for its...
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