To put an end to speed
By Tom Dubois, Christophe Gay, Vincent Kaufmann and Sylvie Landriève
Ed. de l’Aube, 152 pages, 15 €
What if the Covid crisis allowed society to ease off, to settle down? The authors of this alert little book show how health measures intended to contain the epidemic by prescribing «immobility to populations lulled (…) by the values of mobility-freedom and the stigmatization of homeowners “, Revealed the” crucial role »Rapid movements in our lifestyles. Both history lesson and socio-economic analysis, this work first describes the way in which increasingly rapid means of transport have transformed the way we work, have fun or live in areas that democratization of the car has transformed. ” Reversible mobility, that is to say to move quickly, far, often and to return to its starting point easily, has become a central value of societies. »
But the authors wonder above all about the virtue of these values of mobility and speed and on the other side of the coin: fatigue, stress, inequalities in relation to travel and pollution. At the end of the crisis, “ governments will have an alternative: focus on economic recovery and seek to restore previous lifestyles (…) or hear the aspiration to slow down the population », They note. In the latter case, it will be necessary to go through a revolution of the policy of regional planning and by a development of lifestyles ” nearby “. Issues that lead to rethinking our way of “ live together According to this plea for slowing down to read … very fast.