The Slow Movement: A Race for Time

The Slow Movement aims to address the issue of ‘time poverty’ through making connections. It is a worldwide movement to recapture Meaningful Connections. The movement is gaining momentum, as more and more people recognise their discomfort at the fast pace and disconnected nature of their lives. (http://www.slowmovement.com)

I forgot how I cam across an article regarding this and was actually surprised to see an established organization propagating this culture. It is a widespread phenomenon that I hope catches on.

In this era where technology promotes instant gratification, people, things and events seem to be constantly battling with speed. Time is of the essence, apparently, but what’s the hurry? Isn’t it more logical to cherish something that’s very valuable that you cannot afford to put to waste? If this is so, then it appears as if people are deprived of time that we can never really make up for.

When we are still young, we are often in a hurry to grow up, looking forward to a greater independence to be able to do the things we think we cannot do yet. And when we mature, we seem to accumulate a certain number of regrets,  and frustrations amidst a string of successes that we often wonder how time flies. Ironically, time is a constant element in this universe. It does not speed up nor slow down. We do the pacing, and not adjust to what is.

It is a capitalist notion to grab every opportunity as it presents itself. This is different from “carpe diem” because an opportunity, may or may not pass you by again. There may not be any certainties, but it doesn’t mean we should jump at every opportune moment as it comes to us. Seizing the day, on the other hand, requires us to live a full life, as we go through every single day — with or without opportunities.

Time has evolved into a valuable commodity. We all seem to have less and less liberty to spend it on the things we would like to do. This is why the slow movement advocates devoting more time to the things that really matter to us: connections. We all strive to live a full life. And this fullness can only be achieved if we find meaningful connections like faith, family and friends.

We can live it slow without neglecting our responsibilities in our work. And I know that this is easier said than done. but at the end of it all, while it may be true that money makes the world go round, its constant spinning is meaningless if we find nothing ever worth anything in it.

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