- Tony Sandy
- United Kingdom
Time is the only thing we are hurrying
I read an article recently and witnessed an incident which I believe shows the true cause of disaster at the opposite end of negligence - trying to force things to happen / speed up. Aggression is where somebody doesn't let things go at their own pace, by tries to rush them, putting undue pressure upon the participants. Speeding things up simplifies things by ignoring nearly everything but the single objective. The alternative is taking things slowly and discovering all there is to know about a particular situation, so that you can act with knowledge (Doers versus Thinkers, Jocks versus Geeks, Red necks versus Intellectuals, Scientists versus Religious Fundamentalists).
The incidents I refer to are where a care home manager ran a wheelchair into a resident because she wasn't moving fast enough, to get passed her. The second incident concerned a cow in a slaughter house, where a slaughter-man was trying to cut off the legs of the still alive animal and, kicking and cursing it because it was naturally resisting him*. Quality of life or anything else is about taking time, not ignoring it and rushing what you're doing. This degrades us all, with its cheap and plentiful attitude, rather than self-control and taking your time, not somebody else's, in order to cut down costs. All this cutting corners leads us to go round in circles of ignorance. It is panic versus calm and control (patience, tolerance). Anger is believing you have no time to think or room to act and it is this fear driven belief that destroys reality as its opposite creates it through trust and diligence (Being here, rather than running away or denying the existence of something). This is the difference between a person who learns from his mistakes and moves on as opposed to one who never faces the consequences of his actions and has the conscience to stay and put them right.
*We have no Temple Grandin in The UK, battling for animal rights in a practical way in the slaughterhouse.