The Slow Movement never really appealed to me. It effectively means being left behind. Why spend so much time on one activity, when I could do a lot more?
It changed when I read a review of Joseph Pieper’s book – Leisure, the Basis of Culture. Perhaps, childhood memories are so vivid for we were living life in the slow lane.
Excerpts from the book review
Three types of work – activity, effort and social contribution
Against the exclusiveness of the paradigm of work as activity … there is leisure as “non-activity” — an inner absence of preoccupation, a calm, an ability to let things go, to be quiet.
The simple “break” from work — the kind that lasts an hour, or the kind that lasts a week or longer — is part and parcel of daily working life. It is something that has been built into the whole working process, a part of the schedule. The “break” is there for the sake of work. It is supposed to provide “new strength” for “new work,” as the word “refreshment” indicates: one is refreshed for work through being refreshed from work.
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