Simple and slow

Technologies of the soul tend to be simple, bodily, slow and related to the heart as much as the mind.  Everything around us tells us we should be mechanically sophisticated, electronic, quick, and informational in our expressiveness – an exact antipode to the virtues of the soul.  It is no wonder, then, that in an age of telecommunications – which, by the way, literally means “distant connections” – we suffer symptoms of the loss of soul.  We are being urged from every side to become efficient rather than intimate.

Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life