‘Speed Limits’

Maybe the right track/wrong track polls highlighting a deteriorating mood and growing anxiety is a result of the increased speed of our lives driven by hyperactive media platforms, all exploited by the appearance of a broken political system. Ultimately, how do we get to the truth of matters when the ways we seek and receive information are rooted in fear and anxiety, leaving little space for the slower ways of reflection and inquiry.

Political parties and corporations can capitalize on speed keeping us overwhelmed and confused. Only simple narratives of us vs them, good vs evil, right and wrong can exist in the realm of speed. Deeper thought and complexity suffer when we do not take the time to know. Apparently depth does not garner ratings or votes.There is also money to be made and power to be gained through our collective anxiety. Continue reading

‘the dead and the pre-dead’

Checkout The Art of the Obituary: An Interview with Margalit Fox from the Paris Review:

Does the work you do change the way you think about death?

This work does skew your worldview a bit. We all watch old movies with an eye toward who’s getting on in age. I watch the Oscars memorial presentation and sit there going, Did him, did her, didn’t do that one. For obit writers, the whole world is necessarily divided into the dead and the pre-dead. That’s all there is.

(Margalit Fox.)