"Move slowly, and mend things."
November 21, 2020 7:28 PM Subscribe
Over in the Fleets thread, Nelson mentioned the erstwhile Facebook, and general techbro, motto of "move fast and break things", and it reminded me of this terrific 2013 speech (annoying Issuu link) by high school teacher Rebecca Hong I stumbled upon earlier this year.
Why do we want to move so fast? Where are we going, and what are we leaving? What, exactly, is it that has to happen so quickly? What happens to history when we move fast, does it become obsolete? What, or who, might we miss or pass by as we zoom along? What about social norms, structures of oppression, traditions, backs and hearts and minds—are we really okay with breaking all of those things?
You can refuse to perpetuate what's wrong about the world, and act in ways that are intentional and right. Move slowly, and mend things. Not to induce paralysis or stimulate fear, but rather to make it habit that you consider your impact on other people. The hard truth is, the consequences of so many who came before you, intended or not, already make up your reality, and those consequences, ultimately, are part of your responsibility to address.