The other day as I was checking out at a local town market that features naturally made foods, organic produce, and other wholesome products, it came to me that “bigger, better, faster” may be root of many modern day challenges.
Bigger cars…faster cars… bigger houses… faster results …better technology … all of these adjectives that promise instant yet bigger, better, and faster gratification. I know that many of us just don’t want to wait for answers or enjoyment anymore — things have to be instant — texts, downloads, video chatting — it has to be quick and easy to access.
Yet some of these trends are reversing — those bigger cars and homes cost a lot of money to put gas in and pay for. Faster results are good when you are waiting for news, but are we too rushed at times to not see or appreciate the whole picture? Who can argue with better technology, but sometimes wouldn’t it be nice to go back to an “old fashioned” phone call? Or more natural ways of growing and cooking things (might take longer but use less chemicals).
I’m all for technological advances and embrace them especially when I’m able to communicate better or use my time in a more efficient manner. But sometimes I wonder if we should start thinking … “Smarter, Smaller, Sustainable” rather than bigger, better, faster.
What do you think?