Losing One’s Train, by Vernon Lee

vernon_lee_photo_2182f0f7b293a917fd7ee9d8ecdf5c0c

In this classic essay, Vernon Lee shows us how life and discovery are phenomena that occur while we are busy running after trains. Lee (1856-1935), a member of the Aesthetic Movement, lived long before our current digital age of high tech toys, but she nevertheless already realized its implications. As she wrote in one of her essays:

There is an unlucky tendency … to allow every new invention to add to life’s complications, and every new power to increase life’s hustling; so that, unless we can dominate the mischief, we are really the worse off instead of the better.

Losing One’s Train, by Vernon Lee (8:49)