15 October 2013

It's a Sprint  

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"It's a marathon, not a sprint!"

This is a familiar refrain for those who wish to encourage folks to "take it easy" or "pace yourselves." But it ignores a certain relativistic reality.

Just a few weeks ago, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya broke the marathon world record, clocking in at 2 hour, 3 minutes, and 23 seconds at the Berlin Marathon. That's 4 minutes and 40 seconds per mile--for 26.2 miles. 

I don't know if you noticed, but marathons these days are sprints.

And so is the world around us. Fast food, fast connections, fast cars. All of these things make it easier for the operator to lay back, put his feet up, and relax. We think we can afford to slow down and work less.

But we cannot take our foot off the gas pedal. The innovations we have made as a society don't mean that individuals should choose less--it means we should do more with what we've got! If we have more time thanks to the inventions of the Information Age, we should use that time to right the wrongs and cure the ills. Find synonyms of "create" and "serve," and do just that.

We can't go looking for meaning on the Information Superhighway. We can share ideas, keep in contact with friends and family, and enjoy a new form of leisure. But we cannot live our lives to serve the machine--the computer, the car, the television. We must master it, and use it to foster a real peace in our time.

On the right hand side of this page, you'll find a few causes to support. This is not an exhaustive list, and while you should consider donating your treasure to support them, I'd like to be audacious enough to tell you to do more: support them with your time, your weekends, your weeknights. Volunteer, campaign, and convince people to do the same.

Off the couch, on your feet, to the people! Let's do good work.

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