With a quick search-engine search — to not say Google, it is easy to find informations and even more easy to get lost in that myriad of informations.
I clearly had anxiety when I flipped through the Wikipedia page of the Slow Movement. Just kidding, but hold on! How many sub-movements are there, are these organizations or templates used in enterprises, or…? I highly suspect that this directly clashed with my assumptions brought with the literal meaning I was under of.
Now I’m looking back into my first post which was indeed very spontaneous — and pretty close to a rant, since it is merely a mood I’ve felt at numerous occasions. I was quickly under the assumption that I’ve found a tribe, while I’ve only found a subject to study — which isn’t bad, as this clearly strikes my interest.
In reality, I have yet to find anything close to qualify it as a tribe, or should I say to be accurate — a neotribe in this particular context. I couldn’t possibly apply the concept of neotribalism to the Slow Movement without coming to an understanding of both concept and movement.
What I find interesting in the concept of neotribalism, is that Michel Maffessoli wrote it in a post-modernism stance.
However, I’ve found the TED Talk of Carl Honoré — journalist and writer of the bestseller « In Praise of Slow », that he gave back in 2007. It was the first real highlight I got about the Slow Movement. I highly recommend you to watch his talk. The main points I’ve got are similar to my first post — reaction to the high-speed society. I also appreciate how right this quote gets: « /It isn’t about doing things at a snail’s pace, but doing things at their right speed./ »
Flipping back through my notes back from 1 year ago, I found out I’ve noted down SLOW LIFE. I simply meant it as a word-play against FAST LIFE, this motto reckoning we should all be checking endless to-do lists, getting jet-lag through Milan to New York, answering e-mails from 6 AM while sipping a green detox tea, swiping back and forth on a smartphone always ready to blink at any upcoming notifications, checking endless to-do lists again, etc. While it will firstly fill you with a sense of accomplishment with the belief that productivity is the main life-goal to achieve, it may lastly lead you to the syndrome of burn-out.
With it not-so-friendly friend bore-out and close cousin brown-out, theses go into pathologies related to job stress. While bore-out simply means being bored at work due to no-tasks to do (I do know how awful it feels, wouldn’t wish anyone that…!), burn-out is related to pure exhaustion and brown-out to pure disengagement. That is, in (very) short.
I’ll exclusively focus on burn-out here, since it is the most closely linked to the concept of fast-living and doesn’t forcefully mean that’s anything is wrong with your decisions but rather the pressure of your lifestyle imposed by social standards, while bore-out and brown-out may solve themselves after a change of habits, path or career.
We got fast-living, here we go with slow-living: pure reaction. While reading articles about slow life, I have the feeling it’s all about disconnection: close-up your laptop, turn off the notifications, and be ready to bike, garden, and sip that green detox tea but with a book this time…!
However, is it possible to maintain a slow-life lifestyle in a fast-living society? Isn’t it creating two schedules and paradoxes, that don’t get to transvase with each other due to mass-society regulations bigger than our own individuality? Isn’t it possible to live a connected slow-life?
That’s my tribe.