Times of Stress, Times of Opportunity

John Jefferson Davis | January 16, 2017

Thomas Friedman is a well-traveled and widely read columnist for The New York Times and author of six bestselling books, including The World Is Flat. Like that volume, the meaning of the title of his latest one, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, is hardly self-evident, only being hinted at in the subtitle. 

The central thesis of this book is that the three “megatrends” driving global events—technology, globalization, and climate change—are both accelerating and interconnected with one another. This is a “big picture” book in the genre of those of an earlier generation such as Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends

In reading Friedman’s latest offering I found significant help seeing, in a larger and longer framework, the many swirling events reported on CNN and Fox News in typically episodic and disconnected fashion. The title of the book, by the way, alludes to an incident in Friedman’s recent life. While waiting in a restaurant to meet a friend, he realized that in the increasingly hectic pace of life in Washington, D.C., he actually had a few moments to reflect and think on the events he was covering as an investigative reporter. 

Thank You for Being

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