The Increasingly Rapid Pace of Life is Creating More Problems Than It Solves

APPROACH

  • Write a response by discussing the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.
  • In this case, the position is stated in the positive. It tells what the rapid pace of life does. But we also need to interogate the topic and create opinion that expresses the issue in the negative or which tells that statement in not fully true.

In other words:

  • The increasingly rapid pace of life does not solve more problems than it causes.
  • You could also determine what question the statement answers.
  • What are the results of the increasingly rapid pace of life?

HINTS TO ESSAY

Creating a question may help you formulate alternative answers.

1.Now think about the parts of the original statement that provide evidence that you can refute or affirm.

  • Increasingly- This implies that the pace of life is more rapid than it used to be, and that the rate is still increasing.
  • Today- This may lead to the assumption that the pace of life did not increase before now, that it is a current phenomenon.
  • More- This is a comparative word and is almost always followed by then. In this case, there are more problems than solutions.

2.Opposing viewpoint:

  • The increasingly rapid pace of life does not cause more problems than it solves. Or. The increasingly rapid pace of life today solves more problems than it causes. Identify the parts of the opposing statement that provide evidence to affirm or refute.
  • In this case, they would be the same as in the original statement.

3.Alternatives

  • Is there any other way to look at this statement? What would life today be like if the pace were slower? Is this a new phenomenon?

4.New viewpoint

The increasingly rapid pace of life today is exciting for those who embrace it but overwhelming for those who do not adapt.

Identify parts of the new statement that can create evidence for you to refute or affirm.

  • Exciting – This can also mean stimulating. The rapid pace of life may stimulate one’s creativity or sense of adventure.
  • Embrace – To embrace something is to accept it willingly. Embrace has a positive connotation.
  • Overwhelm – Being overwhelmed means that one’s abilities or emotions are unable to handle an event.
  • Adapt – Adaptation is essential to the theory of evolution. Those who fail to adapt do not thrive.

5.Position
The increasingly rapid pace of life today creates both obstacles and opportunities.

Examples of obstacles:

  • Some people feel compelled to try to keep up with everything. They stretch themselves too thin.
  • Cultures are losing their unique qualities thanks to rapid travel and communication.
  • The rapid pace tries people’s ability to adapt.

Examples of opportunities:

  • Medical research is closing in on cures for deadly and debilitating diseases.
  • The world has become a global village thanks to rapid travel and communication.
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