Speed, Urgency and Survival

Most humans use speed from a sense of urgency.

For example, most people move fast when they feel something is urgent. They move slow when they feel something is not urgent. Urgency is a measure of importance.

Nature gave us speed for survival.

Every animal on the planet moves fast when they need to escape threat or when they need to find nourishment. They move slow when they need to rest and recover. Animals regulate their speed to survive.

Humans like to defy nature.

We are terrible at regulating our speed. We always want to go fast. We accept a world culture that constantly promotes going faster. Instant gratification has become the new standard in most areas of our lives.

How fast can we get things done? How fast can we communicate? How fast can we move towards our goals? How fast can we feel the next hit of dopamine, serotonin or oxytocin?

We’re not moving fast to survive… we’re moving fast because everything has become urgent.

This dilutes our sense of what’s truly urgent. The need for speed creates more chaos, which creates more demand, which creates more stress. Then we have a false sense of survival because we’re constantly operating under stress.

Nothing is truly urgent except survival. Everything else is a sense of urgency.


Ali Jafarian

Ali is a creator and coach who's passionate about guiding people to their truth. That's a fancy way of saying he wants to help people realize their most authentic life. He's a family man, entrepreneur, conscious technologist, explorer, podcast host and many other things that inspire him to stay curious and learn. He's also a huge advocate for nature, hiking, adventure, testing physical limits and experiencing the natural world.