Thursday, September 14, 2006

Slow Way of Life

While running errands this afternoon I was listening to the radio and I heard about a movement that started in Italy in 1999 that really seems to embody the lifestyle I would like to create for myself. The movement is called Cittaslow and their philosophy is basically described as slowing down and not becoming caught up in the fast pace of our modern life.

It was very interesting to learn about this movement. They currently have 100 partner cities in 10 countries. I don't know that they have any partner cities in the United States, but the US probably has at least as great a need for some "slower" towns as any other country. I wonder how the principles of the phillosophy embodied by Cittaslow could be implemented by an individual or family. They are geared towards municipalities, but their must be an application on a smaller scale.

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