Ever wondered where all that traffic is going and why they're in such a hurry? Why is it that sometimes people are content in the process of going somewhere and sometimes they get bored and impatient in the 'void' between A and B? Cars and fast roads are popular because of the dream to spend less time traveling longer distances. Once people are able to travel 50 miles in under an hour though, they are soon planning trips of 100 miles, 200, 300, etc. and wishing to drive 90mph instead of 55, 65, 70, etc.
Media seems to be both a cure and an exacerbation of boredom. Smart phones and DVD players give people something to attend to while in transit, yet the expectation of constant entertainment also seems to impair people's innate ability to find peace, amusement, and contentment without an external aide.
To what extent do you think boredom and the fear thereof is the driver of the modern will to drive everywhere? Are there other factors besides expectations of speed in vehicular travel and media that stimulate and feed impatience? Are people being 'spoiled' in other ways in terms of diversions and entertainment, for example in schools and workplaces?
Does more quiet time force us to calm our nerves and develop mental habits of patience instead impatience? Should schools and workplaces institute more moments of quiet and relative social isolation, as was common in decades past, for the sake of taming the wild and impatient human mind? Or do you think people can achieve peace, contentment, and patience by other means?