#1413 - faster and longer
The other day, a kind of paradox arose during a conversation: we live longer, yet we push to achieve faster. Many resources are invested in increasing human longevity with remarkable results. We live longer and healthier lives than previous generations.
At the same time, we are obsessed with speed. We celebrate people who achieve remarkable results early in life. Those who graduate early, those who become millionaires by age 30 and so on. It is still quite common to point to a failure in school as a lost or wasted year. As if life is a race and the winners are the first ones who get to success. However, we also yearn for a longer and healthier life.
We have more time, yet we have no time to lose.
We want to go faster and longer.
That could be why more and more people are on a quest for meaning or face an existential crisis midway in their life's journey.