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A modern fable

Once upon a time, there was a race to understand the world.

Everyone hurried off all over everywhere to find out about everything. All but one, who set off deliberately and thoughtfully.

“We have too much information and too little time,” she observed, choosing to explore a few things that really mattered, more deeply.

The others moved faster and faster, produced more and more, but it added up to less and less. They saw it all. It was a blur. They were dizzy and had to have a lie down.

Meanwhile, she took her time, chose some subjects, sought out the people who knew and listened. She paid them attention. She saw less and saw it clearly. She won.

“There’s a moral to this story,” she said – she was something of a moraliser. “Slow down. Wise up.”