Feeling Frantic? Disconnected? Isolated? Take A Moment To Learn About The Slow Movement

By Kim Ode
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Proponents of “The Slow Movement” say it isn’t about shirking responsibilities, but finding a less hectic and more thoughtful way of doing things.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

We like to think we’re hard-wired for speed.

Listen to us: “Time is money.” “This site is taking forever to load.” “The wait for a table is how long?”

Speed means progress and efficiency. Speed feels powerful. Right?

Not so fast.

The Slow Movement, once about only food, is ambling into other aspects of life with slow travel, slow books, slow cities, slow crafts, slow money, slow coffee. In Norway, they make the most of slow winter.

The common goal? Recapturing connections that have suffered with speed.

Slowing down isn’t easy. Our love affair with urgency is passionate, and no wonder: A fast-paced life can make us feel indispensable, as if we can’t possibly satisfy all who want a piece of us unless we keep moving. Tick-tock!

In Thomas Friedman’s new best-seller, “Thank You for Being Late,” he examines the consequences of living in an “age of acceleration.” Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and native of St. Louis Park, makes the case that human beings’ usual capacity for adapting to change is being outpaced by advances in technology and in the marketplace, and the consequences of climate change.

We feel unmoored and overwhelmed as we strive to keep up. Friedman’s advice?

Pause.

In a time of accelerated action, he writes, “opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity. It is not a luxury or a distraction, it is a way to increase the odds that you’ll better understand, and engage productively with, the world around you.”

The Slow Movement isn’t about shirking our responsibilities, but finding a less hectic and more thoughtful way of doing things.

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