In a world where a new laptop already seems slow, one wonders whether our ever-faster technology is creating a pervasive culture of impatience.
Allan Lokos, who teaches patience as founder of The Community Meditation Center in New York and author of “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living” (Tarcher), thinks that’s not the case. Rather, technology offers more opportunities to be impatient — but those are also opportunities to build patience.
Technology is external, Lokos says, while the feeling of impatience is internal, he says: “The person who experiences impatience easily is going to experience it in every traffic jam, in every slowing of their computer, in every dropped cellphone call. But it’s still an internal, human experience. People who lived 2,500 or 4,000 years ago experienced the same feelings: love, anger, disappointment, impatience. … Let technology work at its pace. We need to work at our pace, as human beings.”