“O.K. We don’t have a lot of time. So we have to work very slowly.”
This is one of those quotes that is really beginning to resonate with me. I never feel like I have enough time. But more and more I am finding that the fastest way to get where I want to go is to slow down. Slowing down allows you to bring more focus, attention, and care to your tasks. You’re less likely to screw something up. Counterintuitive lessons like this invariably piss me off in the process of learning them. Mainly because they tend to be really obvious only after repeating the same mistake about a thousand times.
I know I’m not alone in this – I see people who hate counterintuitive knowledge every time I read the news. Groups are constantly getting into conflict because it’s so counterintuitive that someone you despise might have a good idea or a truthful insight.
It’s so much easier to hang onto a logical or reasonable conviction and deal with the consequences of failure and conflict than accept a counterintuitive suggestion that actually makes the world a better place.
I suppose in some ways that’s a natural outcome of a world grown so complex that in many ways our convictions have become the most reliable compass to guide us. Or it’s simple intellectual dishonesty and laziness. Probably like everything the world is made of, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Maybe there really ought to be national opposite day. We might get a lot done.