Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
Honore’s bestselling book In Praise of Slowness plots the lineage of our speed-obsessed society; while it recognizes the difficulty of slowing down, it also highlights the successes of everyday people around the world who have found ways of doing it. Honoré traces his “Aha” moment to his son’s bedtime, when Honore would race through storybooks—skipping pages, reading portions of paragraphs— to move things along. (He’s since reformed.) His latest book, Under Pressure, is about how we are raising a generation of over-programmed, overachieving and exhausted children.
In Praise of Slowness: http://www.ted.com/talks/carl_honore_praises_slowness