“It is true that we have no time to waste… that we have to act with complete decisiveness. But it is an illusion to think that reflecting deeply and acting are in some kind of tension or that they are opposites. A member of bomb disposal squad has to become more calm the less time there is, has to draw more deeply on her understanding of how bombs work the less time there is. She mustn’t react to the situation, she must respond to the situation. In the case of the bomb expert, the object of her understanding is explosives. In our case the object of our understanding must be the human.”
If you’re interested in more from Dr. Carmody Grey, here’s an earlier talk that overlaps with some of the themes explored here: What do We Want to Sustain? Thinking about Faith and The Climate.