Being ‘Lazy’ and Slowing Down: Toward decolonizing time, our body, and pedagogy
Added: 2020-12-13 | Updated: 2021-12-13
Categories 📚: Temporality
Type 📍: Article
The proper use of time has become a measure of moral character. (Shahjahan 2014)"Wasting time" has become a mark of immorality, of not-enough-ness. You're lazy, so you don't deserve... Shahjahan writes within academia, where professors and students alike are plagued by the pressure to "be productive" and use their time in ways deemed acceptable, so as to maintain their standing in their communities. However, this pressure often marginalizes/excludes persons with different needs and abilities, as well as those who experience time and progress differently from the linear model Eurocentric time requires.
... time is an epistemic tool through which a chronology of difference was created by colonial logic. Time became a trajectory against which to measure indigenous and other subaltern individuals and groups in terms of the degree to which they are out of sync, behind in development, anachronistic, and resistant to progress.(Shahjahan 2014)The hegemony of linear time has been used time and again as a justification for colonialism: indigenous people are "lesser" because they aren't "as far along," and so they must be uplifted and brought up to speed. This colonial logic of time has invaded our personal lives — we aren't keeping up with other people our age, we aren't being progressive or innovative in our usage of time, etc.