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The Evolution of Despair

Time Magazine, vol.146 no.9, 25/08/1995


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Resource information:
Resource IDwright1995
Resource titleThe Evolution of Despair
Author(s)Robert Wright
Publication/ sourceTime Magazine, vol.146 no.9
Date published25/08/1995
Summary text/ abstractThere's a little bit of the unabomber in most of us. We may not share his approach to airing a grievance, but the grievance itself feels familiar. In the recently released excerpts of his still unpublished 35,000- word essay, the serial bomber complains that the modern world, for all its technological marvels, can be an uncomfortable, "unfulfilling" place to live. It makes us behave in ways "remote from the natural pattern of human behavior." Amen. VCRs and microwave ovens have their virtues, but in the everyday course of our highly efficient lives, there are times when something seems deeply amiss. Whether burdened by an overwhelming flurry of daily commitments or stifled by a sense of social isolation (or, oddly, both); whether mired for hours in a sense of life's pointlessness or beset for days by unresolved anxiety; whether deprived by long workweeks from quality time with offspring or drowning in quantity time with them – whatever the source of stress, we at times get the feeling that modern life isn't what we were designed for.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Neo-Luddism
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