Yesterday I read this column by Robert J Samuelson in Washington Post that dwelt upon the need to hit `PAUSE’ mode in our lives by using the metaphor of a comma – yes, the comma that we know. Some excerpts –
“Even on the printed page, commas are dwindling…..If all this involved only grammar, I might let it lie. But the comma’s sad fate is, I think, a metaphor for something larger : how we deal with the frantic, can’t-wait-a-minute nature of modern life. The comma is, after all, a small sign that flashes PAUSE. It tells the reader to slow down, think a bit, and then move on. We don’t have time for that. No pauses allowed. In this sense, the comma’s fading popularity is also social commentary.”
Even my scenic, used-to-be sleepy hometown of Thiruvananthapuram (in the southern state of Kerala in India) has sadly changed. It hurts to see the relaxed, small town everyone-knowing-everyone-else way of life making way for mad, hell-for-leather pace of modern life.
Perhaps they need a local Eugene O’ Kelly to chronicle it all in a Chasing Daylight…
Take my advice. Slow down….!