2. Time and Man
The interviewees generally agreed that change and thus
development always has to start with man. The question as to the importance
of the factor time therefore always starts with the question as to the
rhythm of people. There are two positions:
- First: mankind by nature has difficulties with change and
transformations. He orientates himself along trusted categories and
processes; he seeks where possible to avoid reforms and innovations. But
man can’t really be faster: natural “speed limits” become apparent through
the example of learning: A certain amount of time is necessary to learn.
Trust also does not develop over night.
- The second position goes one step further: Martin Bröckelmann-Simon, Director of
Misereor states: “Slow is always an expression of something”. The
apparent slowness of the partner must not simply be seen as a culturally
conditioned mentality and thus as irrevocable, but is an expression of –
conscious or subconscious – setting priorities. The Kassel economist Stefan
Voigt also is against the “cudgel of mentalities”: “It is our duty to find
the rationality in the behavior of actors.” The approach to time orientates
itself on the circumstance, on institutions and individual life situations,
the understanding of which is the basis for sustainable cooperation.
The consequence is, that the speed of change has to be
co-determined by those affected. They have to be carried along in heart and
mind. A crucial factor for change is the strain imposed by suffering and
the consensus on the necessity for change. Only then change can be