Care and Attention

What are the resonances between taking care and paying attention? This is a short think based on a cursory swirl around standard online etymological resources.

First, people seem to agree that both are good.

Second, they are sometimes explicitly paired, for example in road rules in both the UK and Australia.

"Careless driving or driving without due care and attention or careless driving is defined as; Driving that falls below the standard expected of a competent driver; or. Driving that does not show reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or pathways."

## Care

From the perspective of learning, care enjoys a productive etymological overlap with both healing and curation. So from the more specific perspective of SFW as collaborative curatorial practice it's useful to think of care this way: care - cure - curate.

But care also introduces worry, exhaustion, depletion. So we can come to speak of being carefree as a good thing; and careless as a less good thing.

This all becomes important when we want to make someone else understand whether and when care matters, either as load or aspiration.

## Attention

The meaning of attention has as its earliest origin the idea of leaning or stretching towards something. From the 14c it includes strong reference to the idea of attending to as a practice of taking care.

This is a practice of care that doesn't lean so heavily on the idea of either healing or keeping for, so much as on listening to and waiting for (or waiting upon).

Attention is paid; care is taken.

Related: Caring and Learning, a SFW work in progress.

Related: ethical-caring, a little thing I can see in Recent Changes but that SFW can't find when I link to it. So there's that. Oh no, wait, there it is. And that should lead by itself to Caring about EdTech.