The Iron Horse has never made any effort to cover it’s tracks, they can be found across the width and breadth of this land.
It’s never been hunted to near extinction like the buffalo and indigenous people whose land it crossed.
A boon to some that represented access and expansion and a bane to others as access to what had traditionally been their’s diminished.
“Civilization” is a mass of contradictions – people hurry to get somewhere then hurry to get back where they came from.
Everything is predicated upon speed – how fast their internet connection is, how slow or fast traffic is, how long they have to wait for a delivery from Ebay or Amazon and whether or not to pay extra to shorten the delivery date.
In the midst of all this they complain about stress, how there aren’t enough hours in the day to meet their personal requirements while failing to understand that this emphasis on speed and “multi tasking” directly contributes to all they perceive as being burdensome.
The number of hours in a day remains the same, only the deadlines and demands we or others impose on us have changed.
Even with the quantum leap forward in speed trains represented they still weren’t satisfactory, they had to become bigger and faster.
As the novelty of flight wore off airplanes had to become bigger and faster leading to jets and rockets.
One would think with all this speed life would get easier, there would be more down time for family and friends – after all isn’t that always the selling point – ease, efficacy, and comfort?
Speed can be a good thing but it can also be a killer in a more ways than one.
Lighten up America, life isn’t a competition, it’s about passing through once and stopping to smell the roses along the way – it’s about making an effort to live on your own terms as much as possible while doing no harm.