The Tyranny of Convenience

Tim Wu wrote an essay for the New York Times’s Sunday Review titled: “The Tyranny of Convenience.”  It explains how our love of convenience both works for and against us – suggesting that at times a lack of convenience can be a more productive and lasting learning tool. Definitely a timely read as the world becomes Amazonified.

He says:

“Today’s cult of convenience fails to acknowledge that difficulty is a constitutive feature of human experience. Convenience is all destination and no journey. But climbing a mountain is different from taking the tram to the top, even if you end up at the same place. We are becoming people who care mainly or only about outcomes. We are at risk of making most of our life experiences a series of trolley rides.”

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