If increasing the speed of life was the primary purpose of living, I imagine many more people would feel fulfilled in living than do at the end of their fast-paced lives.
Pace is not always secondary to quality, as is the case when you’re crossing the street on foot and a car comes speeding toward you. In such situations, how you get out of the way is less important than getting out of the way as quickly as possible. But in a general sense, in the living of life, the quality of your living is more important than the speed at which you live.
It may strange to hear this from someone who employs others to get work done in various business enterprises, but to me productivity is not a good indicator of the quality of living. There are millions of productive people in the world whose quality of life is poor. As an employer, I would much rather have those in my employ realize that conducting themselves with dignity and making common cause with virtue is far more important to me than their productivity.
That said, dignity and virtue beget efficiency and fruitfulness, while shortcuts to virtue invariably end up taking longer than the right and true way. If those with whom I have the privilege of working are operating to the best of their present understanding of the many virtues available to us as human beings, they will be driven to be efficient and effective in all they endeavor to accomplish.