There is more to life than increasing its speed - Mahatma Gandhi
TAKE IT SLOW
Patience and concentration on the thing in front of you, or the moment you are waiting for an innovation to become real is such an amazing beauty. This is similar to the creation of art or handicrafts which may bring about a sense of calm and concentration amid the fast rotation of the earth. More importantly, it triggers you to apply tool skill, visual skill, precision, and fine detailed orientation in creating a satisfying output.
Satisfaction level depends on the waiting period. The longer you wait, the more emotional value you get. We often find ourselves having an unusual enthusiasm due to rapid and efficient communication system. It seems like this fast-pace life gradually reduces our own space. Anyhow, people are smart enough to resume slowness of life and put it above technological advancement. This is because we may need to handle errors from rapid technology as well.
Recently, Time magazine has reported a news related to China which reflects a great contrast to the trend of the world. Since the end of last year, the army of Chengdu, Sichuan province, has been seriously training pigeons so as to support the conventional communication of the army in the case where modern communication systems are suspended due to the wars of the present time. The 10,000-pigeon army will be dispersed to communication units across the country, including remote areas. The pigeon army is the first important force for the People’s Liberation Army. So, although China is now secretly developing its own military aircrafts, the training of the pigeon army is implying that whenever there is a problem in modern technology, they are ready for communication even though it may need a bit of waiting.
The virtue of waiting is an emotional value which is hard to be quantified. Amid the fast-pace world, people certainly look for tactics to slow down the acceleration in order to ensure balance for themselves. Of course, in the business world, it creates new opportunities to capture this demand. So you may see that people travel to the remote area in order to spend enough time enjoying the missing feeling.
It is surprising though that many people who seek for tranquility often ask the receptionist at the lobby of their hotel whether internet connection is available…That, I think, is the tricky part of our life.
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Translated by Thaya Wichayathian