Day 2 of the Social Good Summit in NYC (Sponsored by Mashable) was again full of great speakers and interesting conversations. One of the most fascinating for me was a chat between Pete Cashmore (Founder and CEO of Mashable) and Elie Wiesel (writer, professor, and Nobel Laureate).
Professor Wiesel’s perspective as a man from an older generation brought the conversation to the role of technology in today’s changing world, the relevance and beauty of printed words and literature, and the idea that everything is now instant. “We are so eager to get where we’re going we forget the joy of waiting…Waiting was part of love and today there is not waiting.”
As a generation that is always connected instantly, we are no longer patient. If we want an answer, we look it up. If we have a thought, we instantly share it. We no longer have that period of longing for our significant other’s response to come by mail. Waiting can create deeper connection.
Professor Wiesel’s observations are alarming. I wouldn’t want to miss out on discovery - in thinking, in creativity, or in love - just because I was impatient.
How have you found that being connected to information and people instantly and continuously affects your creativity, discovery, and patience?