‘Slowness in human relations’

‘Slowness in human relations.’

It comes from a passage written by the Norwegian philosopher Guttorm Fløistad quoted by Vincenzo Di Nicola in the Aeon article: Slow Thought: a manifesto.

The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on, you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.

Although written a while ago, it seems appropriate for today as we are starting to speed up, again.

And reminds us we have choices.

Let’s pause and savour. What are you and I going to do with this?

Thanks to Mark Storm for sharing