I look at the "Slow Food" movement as a prime example of how we can get by with less, and actually live a more peaceful, healthy, and sustainable life.
I deeply believe that we have all the tools needed, right now, to fix the ills of our planet and self. The challenge is accepting the challenge.
In the "Slow Food" philosophy, you start by examining the fuel that keeps your body going. Where does it come from, how does it get to your hands, and then how does it enter your mouth. Taking time to cut vegetables by hand instead of tossing them into a gizmo dicer or salad shooter (which I consider the pinnacle of human indulgence) offers lessons and pleasures we simply forget to afford ourselves.
By taking this path, the one where you stop and examine what you consume, how you consume, and why you consume, invariably leads to a slower paced life.
I think we humans, especially in Western cultures, have been driven by consumerism to believe that faster is better. But faster is just faster, not better. It has pros and cons like any other choice, but what we (or at least I) am finding is that there is no need for speed in almost anything I do.
We procrastinate so we have to rush, this is a lack of discipline that can easily be managed through SLOWING DOWN (or meditation). We feel self-consious about our personal income, so we work more hours and rush to complete task to compete. But by doing so completely lose our intent in why we toil.
This cycle can be broken (must be broken) and is simply a perspective change. No technology required and a world of good that can happen.
Written in September 2008