You may want to watch this presentation on "slowness."
I don't think the presentation is particularly convincing, but I think it is interesting on a couple of levels. First, it is interesting that we are seeing a presentation of a "popular" idea of the jetset class, presented by a jetsetter himself. That's interesting, because it's indicative that there's a growing notion among the "alpha climbers" in society that their climbing isn't worth it. This was a notion held before our current economic problems became apparent to the average person. Of course the real "alphas" have always been idle, and they're not part of the discussion--my point is that among the priviledged "upwardly mobile" they're not satisfied that their progress is worth the cost. Of course this is pertinent to the conversation we've been having here.
Secondly, it's interesting that "slowness" doesn't necessarily equate "simplicity," but more so at this point "luxurious indulgence" in time. Which means to my mind that "slowness" is still a product of a consumer culture. This, I will believe will rapidly change into "simplicity" and "minimalism" by need, but, I find it constructive to see that the pumps of simple living have been culturally primed already.
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