Ethical relationships take time

“In a climate of ‘instantaneous time’, ‘frenzied families’ and ‘time-poor subjects’ where the fragility of bodies and social relations may be all too apparent, the conscious cultivation of slowness may be a salutary reminder of how our rhythms and routines have the potential to either challenge or perpetuate the disaffection of every day life. Above all, ethical relationships take time.” (p.140)

“Slow living … is about keeping open the everyday possibilities for plurality and pleasure, change and justice, through ordinary ways which may also have extraordinary consequences.” (p.140)

Rather than defining slow living by its practices, [Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig propose] that slow living is a way of cultivating an ethical approach to the everyday. Thought of in this way, slow living becomes as much an attitude or disposition as an action, one that combines wonder and generosity. ‘Fast life’ so often precludes time for wonder or generosity – the kind of time, that is, that allows us to invest time in ourselves and others as a recognition of our worth and in response to our environment. Such time makes more possible a rediscovery of the enchanted materiality of the world around us and our connections with it.” (p.139)

Ref: (italics in original, emphases in blue bold mine) Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig (2006) Slow Living.  Berg: Oxford, New York.


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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