The Road Never Closes

Two hundred years ago, a man named Mendel of Rymanov reminisced about quieter times:

“As long as there were no roads, you had to interrupt a journey at nightfall. Then, you had all the leisure in the world to recite psalms at the inn, to open a book and to have a good talk with one another. But nowadays you can ride on these roads day and night and there is no peace anymore.”

In our age of 24 hour connectivity, the road really never closes. (As I write this at 12:15 A.M. in San Francisco.) Does it interrupt peace of mind? What would Mendel say today?

Steve Yastrow posted this on May 2, 2006, in Technology.
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