I want more life, %$#@&! - Roy Batty
Back in the 1980s, I read an essay on what the author called "the acceleration phenomenon" of modern life. This was about two decades ago, pre-Internet, pre-cellphone, and pre-Blackberry, and already he was lamenting the rapidly shrinking amount of time we had for non-money-making activities such as leisure and quiet reflection.
Oh, if he only knew what life would be like by 1997 let alone 2007! Things have gotten far worse since then. I read The World is Flat when it first came out in 2005 and it left me rather depressed. Friedman was telling us that we needed to start running faster than ever just to stand still and not slide backwards economically. While reading it I thought to myself "enough is enough." Our lives have been hijacked by large multinationals and 24/7 global markets which have no incentive to leave us time to be human.
To be honest, I have been waiting for the backlash to kick in for a good decade now and The 4 Hour Workweek appears to be the opening shot in this emerging battle. Let's hope that the power pendulum starts to swing back from the multinationals to the little guy and gal who wants to have a life.
Do you want a way out of the cube farm and rat race? Then read Timothy Ferriss's book. He has used his system to create large blocks of uninterrupted time to do what he really wants to do. In other words, he's made time to live. This book is a guerrilla warfare manual for regaining control of your life.
Vive la revolucion!