Today we ask you to meditate on the old adage that “haste makes waste.”

It is a saying not often heard in these times.

These days, haste is considered a cardinal virtue.  Everything must be done twice as fast.  And if you can do it twice as fast, then why not double that speed?  Everything must be fast, and cheap.  That is how profits are maximized.

We cannot overemphasize how destructive this ideology is.

It is simply not true.  Doing things faster does not make them better.  In fact, it usually makes things worse.

Objects created with haste are not built to last.  They have a shoddiness.  They break down.  They will not stand the test of time.

Work done with too much haste often contains errors.  A car that is repaired hastily will probably just break down again soon.  You will have to bring it back to the shop — thus wasting your time.

This applies to everything.

Sometimes haste may truly be necessary.  But it is simply insane to expect that everything must be done in a rush.

If humans had their way, they would speed everything up.   Pregnancy would last three months, not nine.  Trees would grow in a week.  Thankfully, humans cannot have their way with everything, no matter how much your mad scientists labor to make it so.

Timing is everything.  Things must be allowed to grow and gestate in their own time.

Tampering with genetic code to speed up the growth process damages the organism.

The addiction to speed is destructive.  The fact that many humans feel required to utilize stimulants in order to fulfill their workloads is tragic — for stimulants, used on a daily basis, are destructive to the brain and body.

Slow down.

Slow down.

Please understand that by slowing down and accomplishing things with care, you will actually save time in the long run.  

For you will create work that is solid, strong, and built to last.  There will be fewer errors.  As a result, there will be much less waste.

Building shoddy, disposable, poorly made things wastes everyone’s time and money — both for the creator, and the consumer.  

Haste makes waste.