In Praise of Patience: The Power of Slowing Down in a Fast-Paced World

Eric Akoto, September 22, 2023

By Eric Akoto

In a digital age dominated by instant gratification, where a tweet can traverse the globe in seconds and 24-hour news cycles dictate our conversations, the act of slowing down feels revolutionary. Yet, for the creators among us, particularly artists, patience is not just a virtue but a necessity.

Our team at Litro knows this intimately. It took us two years of painstaking research, global focus groups, and a relentless commitment to perfection to bring our project, Crayon, to fruition. This journey underscored the transformative magic that can only emerge when we dare to decelerate, allowing ideas to mature and evolve at their own pace.

History is replete with examples of masterpieces that weren’t produced overnight. Michelangelo didn’t paint the Sistine Chapel in a day, nor did Tolstoy pen “War and Peace” in a single inspired frenzy. Great art often demands time, introspection, and above all, patience.

Today, in a world teeming with transient content, art that’s nurtured over time stands as a poignant counterpoint. Such art doesn’t merely reflect a moment; it captures epochs, journeys, and evolutions.

For artists, the act of slowing down offers more than just the space for creativity. It’s a form of resistance against the incessant demands of a world that often prioritizes speed over substance. By choosing patience, artists challenge the status quo, reminding society of the value of reflection, nuance, and depth.

Yet in an age marked by economic challenges and austerity measures, how do we ensure that artists continue to pursue their passion? How do we, as a society, champion the slow, deliberate act of creation? Values and belief systems are often embedded in these art forms and passed down through generations; they form a rich tapestry, a shared language through which diverse communities can engage and connect. Art doesn’t just mirror society; it knits us together, creating a sense of unity and shared purpose.

Art draws people in, evoking emotions and sparking conversations. It’s more than a mere reflection—it’s a call to action. Great art doesn’t just inspire awe; it galvanizes action. Thus, if you’re reading this and find yourself in a position to support an artist, however modestly, seize that chance!

Eric Akoto

Eric Akoto

Eric Akoto is an author and curator for major festivals. Passionate about innovation and free speech, he's based in New York and London. A morning meditation enthusiast.

He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Crayon & Litro Magazines.

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