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Review: An antidote to the cult of busyness

The pandemic provided not just intimations of mortality but brutal daily klaxon calls. Yet even without the menace of a deadly virus, human lifespans are short, as Oliver Burkeman points out in “Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1111522/four-thousand-weeks/9781847924018.html”. The title references how long someone will live if they make it to around 80 years. His reflections on how easily that brief time can be filled with joyless urgency or distractions are an articulate and useful antidote to a modern tendency to make busyness a badge of honour.

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