This slowness meant waiting.
Waiting gave hope.
Waiting gave time for healing, when hopes are left unfulfilled.
"It seems strange
How we used to wait for letters to arrive
But what's stranger still
Is how something so small can keep you alive"
"Ooooo we used to waitIn the digital age there is no waiting.
Sometimes it never came
Ooooo we used to wait
Still moving through the pain"
There is no hopeful anticipation.
There is no reflection.
There is no time for healing.
There is no process.
"Now our lives are changing fastIt's enough to put the modern man in a state of psychosis.
Hope that something pure can last"
"Now we're screaming"
Is what we are running towards worth the sacrifices of what we're leaving behind?
The quotations are from "We Used to Wait" by the Arcade Fire. The Suburbs was easily my favorite album of 2010. I have listened to the entire album no fewer then 40 times in the last year (according to my iTunes).
The video is an interactive film that you can experience yourself at www.TheWildernessDowntown.com