While I understand that we’re a highly advanced society – technologically and intellectually – I’m not so sure the latter is always as evident as it should be. Case in point – did you ever notice that lately people don’t always take the time to read things?
Society has become so familiar with short, to the point text messages that many of us simply will not read things longer than a few sentences.
The problem with that is oftentimes we’re missing out on important, relevant information that could answer a question, present us with an opportunity or simply ask us for a courteous response.
This leads to a fundamental breakdown in communication, and can easily be avoided if people would just stop and take the time to read things, rather than skim through it.
I understand that we’re all busy today and some people do tend to send long streams of information that could be condensed in a few sentences.
But the way I look at it is if someone has taken the time to write something to you, chances are there must be something of relevance in there – otherwise why waste the time?
Eddie Cantor once remarked, “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”