It’s Hard To Imagine Sending Letters Was The Quickest Form Of Communication
If you wanted to communicate with someone living in another town than you, you had to send a letter. It was longer and more complex than sending a simple text or email, but in the days before Wi-Fi, everything was longer and more complex. People had to pick up a pen and scribble words on a piece of paper, fold the letter up, put it in an envelope, and send it in the mail. The entire process would take days, and you hoped the letter made it in time. Nowadays, Wi-Fi spoils us with the rapidness of emails and the speed at which we can communicate with each other. English teacher Shozo Shimazaki spoke about the art of writing letters, and said, “[You] talk a little bit reflecting on your feelings about [the] stuff going on in your life, but since you weren’t going to get an immediate response, it’s something you wanted them to know and hold on to. At least for a week, you might think about what they wrote and what you might say back and it allows you to get a little deeper. Just that pacing allows for more reflections.” With an email, you don’t necessarily have that reflection given the rapid speed at which it’s sent (El Estoque).