Thinking Of ‘slow Activism’ – Karl Onuohe

In November 2014, the 6th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie was held at the Lausanne International Management Institute in Switzerland. Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow and The Slow Fix, gave a lecture on slowing down the pace of life. Time, especially time measurement, will be in this concept. Play a core and key role.
   How do people know time now? Mostly through cheap watches, flashing digital screens, or smartphones. All of them have the characteristics of one-time and cheap. It is because we understand time from this level that we have strengthened the perception that time is just another commodity, like oil and gas, which can be traded freely. Just use the resources.
   But if from the level of fine watchmaking, those timepieces that have taken hundreds of years, days or even longer to build upon hundreds of years of glory and perceive through such works, then I believe that the relationship between people and time will change. It’s totally different. These timepieces remind us that time is not a commodity but a gift, and in fact it is the most precious gift we can give ourselves and others. As a result, fine watchmaking does fit perfectly into the slow-life revolution.
   A key to slowing down the pace of life is to look at the passage of time peacefully. Studies show that just looking at the clock face is enough to cause people to worry about time. Casinos and malls never set a clock, just to make gamblers or customers slow down and forget the passing of time. The eye-catching clock face is full of eyes, and the ticking of the hands seems to be ringing in our ears all the time, all of which make us become manic, and then go faster and faster. We must build a more harmonious and fluid relationship with time.
   A company in New York has developed a ‘slow watches’ with only one pointer, which only rotates once a day. But I think the Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu watch’s creativity best embodies the idea of ​​a slower life, which also shows that people have also begun to try to stay away from the hurried virus, and no longer regard every day of life as a race against the clock. Walking with time and enjoying every minute is a way to regain control over time. But now that we have lost this ability, we are doing many complicated tasks at the same time, so I support those things that can bring us precious enjoyment.
   But there is still a problem here: ‘Slow’ is a deep-rooted taboo that seems to have become synonymous with laziness, and nobody wants to change it. Because we are all ‘speed junkies,’ we slow down and be considered sinful. As with any other kind of mystery, they will panic when they take what fascinates them. So if one afternoon we find ourselves occasionally free and doing nothing, we feel we must do something to fill the void.
   We in the workplace are always pushed in one direction involuntarily. More and more people are looking for ways to slow down their pace of life, although it is not easy. People are beginning to realize that the fast pace of life is harmful to physical health, and in the end the actual work efficiency is deeply affected.
   Slow work! It can be said that the pressure of speed has been following along since the time when humans learned how to measure time, taking advantage of the opportunity of the industrial revolution to take off, and has been in an upward trend ever since. It must be acknowledged that, in most cases, accelerating speed creates more value for humanity. But in the past ten years, people feel that the pendulum seems to have moved so far that it hurts our lives. The emergence of the slow life revolution can be described as the times require, of course, the change of this life concept and method will not be fast.