Thor Hanson on cultural perception of time

Living in Africa, I soon came to realise that impatience may be an entirely Western phenomenon. Ugandans approach time from a fundamentally different perspective, not as a commodity to be spent or wasted, but as an event that unfolds continually, regardless of circumstances. Importance is placed on whether or not something happens at all, not on the timeliness of its occurence. Tom showed no signs of frustration as the hours slipped by. We were going to the coronation site today, an expedition that was decidedly in progress. Any amount of waiting incurred in getting there was simply a part of that event, part of the intrinsic process of happening.

– From “The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Africa“, Thor Hanson

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