When we’re in a train looking at a parallel train on the opposite track and ours pulls out, we can sometimes experience the illusion that the other train has started to move, when it’s actually the one that we’re on. We experience a similar illusion every day, as the sun moves across the sky; but it’s the earth that’s rotating on its axis every day at nearly one thousand miles an hour. So as humans we sometimes misperceive what’s going on in our environment.
Our busy world has increased momentum. Not only are there more things to do in our day, but time also seems to go faster than ever. Never before in human history have we had so much access to new and changing information from hundreds of channels across multiple devices. We have increased workloads and possibly lower job security, as organisations do more with fewer people; while the global world of politics, economics and the environment seem to become more chaotic and unstable by the day. No wonder we sometimes feel agitated, irritable and anxious.