Aug 072013
 

American Haste

An invitation to slow down from Lord James Byce

Sant’ Agnese in Agone, Rome [ I T A L Y ]  © Adam Marelli

“Gentlemen, why in heaven’s name the haste? You have time enough.  Ages and ages lie before you. Why sacrifice the present to the future, fancying that you will be happier when your fields teem with wealth and your cities with people?  In Europe we have cities wealthier and more populous than yours, and we are not happy.  
You dream of your posterity; but your posterity will look back to yours as the golden age, and envy those who first burst into the silent, splendid nature, who first lifted up their axes upon these tall trees, and lined these waters with busy wharves.
Why, then, seek to complete in a few decades what other nations of the world took thousands of years over in older continents?  Why, in your hurry, to subdue and utilize nature, squander her splendid gifts?  Why hasten the advent of that threatening day when the vacant spaces of the continent shall all have been filled, and the poverty or discontent of the older states shall find no outlet?
You have opportunities such as mankind never had before; and may never have again.”  

–Lord James Byce

Maybe today, we take things a few steps slower…absorb them a little deeper…and consider that someone may look to our actions for guidance in the future.

Be well– Adam Marelli

 

  2 Responses to “American Haste”

  1. …”bushy warves” = busy wharves

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