Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Saved by Tea

If you've never read the h2g2 entry on tea, go an do it now. Don't read further until you have.

There are those who would suggest that making a cup of tea this way is frustration because it is too much work. It takes a long time to do all of that. In fact, in my estimation I think it would take about 10 minutes to make a good cup of tea, and then another 10 minutes to enjoy it.

This is a good thing. How many activities do we have left in the contemporary Anglosphere that require us to do something as slow-paced as this? It forces us to stop. It opens space for us to reflect. It opens space for us to talk with each other. A good cup of tea is never drunk alone.

Pardon this diversion into pop-philosophy, please, but I think that this is something inherently wise about the activity and practice of drinking tea. Certainly the Japanese philosophers think so, and so do I.
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