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Bigger, Better, Faster

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?

5 comments

1 Frank S. { 10.09.12 at 7:20 pm }

Back in the day things were at a slower pace. The small farms was doing well, the cars were bigger stronger and more comfortable and much safer. Our food was safer, the medications were safer, clean fresh spring water was of abundance. No one was driving down the road texing or screaming at some one on the other end of a cell phone and running into some one because they were not paying attention to their driving. Sure I suppose technology has come a long way but at what cost? Our food seems to be tainted with all kinds of things that will either make you sick or it will kill us if eaten. The cars are now made of tin and plastic at a cost that would make my grandpa turn over in his grave. So are we better off today with all the new technology or did they go to far. I think they went to far . Things were so much better back in the day, a little harder work, better safer food. the little man and his family didn’t go hungry. I could go on and on but I’ll simply stop here.

2 Efjay45 { 10.08.12 at 11:08 am }

I don’t think bigger and faster are better,unless of course your talking mistakes and poorer quality.

3 TheMaineMan { 09.30.12 at 9:08 am }

I think that we should always strive for “better”… the question is “what is better?” As you have alluded to, bigger and faster are not necessarily “better.” Sometimes they are, but sometimes they are not. Also, what may be “better” for one person might not be better for somebody else. I suppose you have to look at the overall quality of life/society and determine which trends bring an overall improvement, and which trends perhaps harm another aspect of life. I think that this is what each person needs to figure out.

4 frederuck minis { 09.28.12 at 8:53 am }

There’s no better feeling than standing in a field of corn at harvest time …then you get a cell phone call…talk about ruining the moment :)

5 Susanna K. { 09.28.12 at 8:49 am }

I agree! More and more, I’m hearing people I know say they just want to be happy with what they have and live simply.

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