In “The Poet’s Religion,” Tagore writes, “Our needs are always in a hurry.” This is definitely true in today’s instantly connected society, where we place high value on being busy and actively seeking out the next big thing. Here in the technology sector, a culture of hackathons and startups pairs well with a constantly moving atmosphere. With so little time before some assigned deadline, it is all too easy to focus on the basic facts of purpose: why something is created, instead of how–which can be implemented better/fixed up/improved later.
But what does this narrow scope of view cost us? Tagore writes of ideals where we understand the relationship between the whole and its parts. Can we take the essence of this idea and attempt to apply it to our own lives and the things we create? Is it possible, in our fast-paced era, to stop and appreciate the bigger picture? What would that even mean in the context of technology and innovation?
I think for me in a work context, it means focusing less on fact based reasoning and embracing an appreciation for pure artistry in my designs, at least once in a while.