I'd bet that when the first time a horse was outrun by a train people
said the same things about the pace of life. Probably earlier than
that--maybe when people started riding horses and using them for pack
animals instead of dogs they saw the world as really opening up to
their wanderlust. My grandfather was born B.C. (before cars!) and he
declared that when he saw the possibilities of automobiles he just had
to have one and when he could go to town at 35 miles per hour he could
only marvel at the wonder of it.
On Aug 2, 2008, at 7:41 PM, Bruce Bartrug wrote:
> I've found the same thing in many places in the world, but especially
> in Latin America. When a friend wondered if I was really in Chile
> because I was firing emails home every other day, I had to reply that,
> 1.) Chile was a modern country, and 2.) the internet really took off
> in South America. And not just in the southern cone. As you
> indicated, even in small towns in remote Patagonia one can find
> internet cafes with modern equipment that one can use for a dollar an
> hour. In Buenos Aires I met an American couple that were living in
> Argentina because it was cheaper and the internet was quicker -- they
> did their work on line.
> I, too, have very much enjoyed this thread, and I must say I'm most
> encouraged by the professionalism and desire to be in the thick of the
> fray, so to speak, of the educators who have contributed. I have a
> feeling that many of our young people will respond to your efforts.
> We all seem to have the same concerns about the ways things are moving
> faster than we can keep up, but at least you have a more positive
> attitude than I, and are trying to find ways to not only cope, but
> contribute. Maybe I'm just getting to be an old crab. (Actually it
> all started with election of Shrub, but let's not get started on that.
> I, too, realize that what's happening is unstoppable, and I too enjoy
> the fruits of the digital age that has spawned the current shift. I
> still have concerns about the speed at which things are changing and
> what it will do to the generations that have to live in that constant
> shift and rapid evolution. But then, they're better equipped to
> evolve with it. Unlike us old grouches still muttering about Shrub.