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Slowing down our lives

These days the wheel of time is turning faster then ever before. Last century, with its boom of discoveries and inventions, opened up new possibilities and broadened horizons of many people. The world has become smaller as it nowadays takes only hours, not years, to travel from one continent to another. The borders are disappearing and cultures are getting mixed. Tolerance and free thinking are highly appreciated in today’s multinational societies. Those of us who can keep up with the pace of modern life are considered to be more successful.

The most popular motto is ‘time is money’ that originated from the world of industrial production. But despite its effectiveness in business this idea has also spread to other aspects of life. Every device made now is designed to reduce time use, and to make people easier reachable, thus increasing our productivity. But however helpful they might seem, there is also a downside of the technological progress.

Ironically, instead of making lives easier, these devices are putting people under more pressure. Workaholics tend to have problems in personal life and are forced to turn to therapists for help. Furthermore, hard workers simply steal other people’s jobs. Our obsession with speed also results in unhealthy eating habits, such as fast food, and replacement of real friends by online ones. Even leisure time is packed with as many activities as possible. That is why many of us feel like they need some rest even after holidays, the feeling that eventually leads to chronic fatigue syndrome. Thought-out deeds are replaced with blind acting just for the sake of it. We simply tend to live too fast.

As a result, a large movement is arising that questions the modern glorification of speed. An Austrian philosophy professor, Peter Heintel, has founded the society for the slowing down of time called Tempus. The aim of the society is to restore the balance of too hectic life. Members of the society try to lead a mindful life and convince others to follow theirs ideas. But this cultural shift doesn’t amount in the single organization. The movements for slow life have mushroomed and as a consequence, more and more people prolong the time for any activity, whenever it makes sense to do so. People try to be more aware of life as a process.

The bottom line is to realize that life is a precious gift and to appreciate each moment as it's the only one given to each of us. Running in a hurry through our metropolis weekdays we need to make breaks and stops and look around, enjoy the greenness of grass, shade of the trees in the middle of the hot rush day, disengage from work while on vacation, learn to switch off and enjoy simple moments of this life.


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