In a week when media outlets published a report which would have us believe that only content and not the amount of time our children spend on-line has an impact on their well-being, I decided it was time for a touch of sanity and turned to Matt Haig's Notes on a Nervous Planet.
In this treasure trove of observations on the modern condition, its challenges and paradoxes Haig draws on his own challenges, past and present, and on disparate sources, from Tolstoy to Yuval Noah Harari, C.S. Lewis to Zadie Smith and Lao Tzu to Dave Eggers, to provide real insight into the interaction between modern technology and society and the extent to which the former can undermine or even usurp the latter.
Whilst discussing the disruptive path which we are seemingly almost inexorably called to follow by the impact of technological "progress", in his own passionate, but humorous and humane style, Haig also emphasizes that there is still the possibility for us all to take stock, take time, tune out of the madness that is upon us and tune in to the beauty and joy that life can still serve up .
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