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On Efficiency

Excerpted from the book,
Das Energi , by Paul Williams

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What is this word, "efficiency"?
Sometimes it seems a close cousin to Death.
We are encouraged not to linger, not to enjoy life,
to hurry up and get it done so we'll have time
for something else.
Something else?
What?

Efficiency is the destroyer, millions upon millions of
living dead, done in by the electric can-opener
and the automobile.
Progress is our most important product,
babies are our business,
time is money,
life is cheap.

Modern technology, modern business, the modern state
give us everything we need

except breathable air, drinkable water, edible food,
meaningful work, freedom from fear, freedom to love,
freedom to be ourselves, courage, pride, friendship,
hope.
The moral of the story is: don't be in such a hurry.
Beware creeping efficiency.
Slow down and live.


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(What would Greenspan think of this??!)
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From the back cover of the book:

Originally published by Elektra Records in 1973 as a paperback (the first and only book they ever published), DAS ENERGI received no fanfare and no reviews -- but slowly word got around, and now over 150,000 people have bought it. As the author says, "People tell me again and again that they like the book because it says the things they feel and think about and have never been able to put into words."

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