a slow society


“Society wants us to live a planned existence, following paths that have been travelled by others.  Tried and true.  The known, the expected, the controlled, the safe.  The path of the wanderer is not this!  The path of the wanderer is an experiment with the unknown.  To be idle.  To play.  To daydream.”*

Those who gain light give light.

Then how do we become people of light, enlightened?

Eugene Peterson suggests the need to go slowly, imaginatively, reflectively,** and obediently.  Theory U points us to opening our minds (slowly, imaginatively), our hearts (reflectively), and our wills (obediently).

Slow helps us to avoid rushing to judgements (often involving substituting the difficult question for an easier one and the use of heuristics).imagination frees us from the same old, same old.  Reflection takes us deeper to the heart of the Self and the Other, and obedience is about making everyday opportunities to live out what we discover.

‘Knowing that there is a global movement for slowing down can fuel us … . Slowing down is about asserting the importance of contemplation, connectedness, fruition, and complexity’.^

Core to this enlightenment is knowing who we are and who others are, knowing what we have and that it is enough, and knowing we can keep going.  These things are like sticks to be rubbed together to create fire and light for others.

(*From a Wander Society leaflet, quoted by Keri Smith in The Wander Society.)
(**From Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.  Peterson points to prayerfulness, which I have expanded to being reflection)
(^From Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor.)

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