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2021-10-17 10:44:22 AM  
"At this point, shouldering multiple losses and complex grief, she decided to move to Deal, a seaside town in Kent, for a six-month sabbatical in a therapeutic community."

Yeah, just do this, slave-wagers!
 
2021-10-17 10:49:51 AM  
AltRight, AltRight, AltRight.
 
2021-10-17 11:16:15 AM  
Maybe.
 
2021-10-17 12:40:00 PM  
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Wow, she's so quirky!
 
2021-10-17 12:40:09 PM  
I need a nap.
 
2021-10-17 12:40:30 PM  
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2021-10-17 12:41:01 PM  
Whatever, people have called me slow since I was a kid, guess I'm ahead of the curve.
 
2021-10-17 12:41:53 PM  
'Alter of busyness'? *sigh*
 
2021-10-17 12:45:12 PM  
Need a to-do list to die with an unfinished to-do list.
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2021-10-17 12:45:27 PM  
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2021-10-17 12:46:54 PM  
Just don't do it in the passing lane.
 
2021-10-17 12:48:07 PM  
Turtle cat approves of slow living...

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2021-10-17 12:53:05 PM  
Silly article.  Busy is good, the real problem is being too busy with work to be busy with other things.
 
2021-10-17 12:54:39 PM  
Man, I didn't realize I was trendsetting with my plan to smoke weed and watch football all afternoon.
 
2021-10-17 12:57:19 PM  
What does Matthew McConaughey have to do with this?
 
2021-10-17 1:03:03 PM  
A simple kinda life never did me no harm.  A raisin' me a family and workin' on the farm.  My days are all filled with an easy country charm.

It's really up to you, though.
 
2021-10-17 1:09:41 PM  
If I lived any slower, I'd be dead.
 
2021-10-17 1:10:00 PM  
I'd try it if I could afford to.
 
2021-10-17 1:20:36 PM  
As soon as my employer authorizes me to work less than a 50 hour week, I'll take some time for myself. Also, I would need to win the lottery.

But as soon as those two things happen, it's all about me "taking it slow"

/it's actually "slowly"
//it's an adverb
///thirdsies
 
2021-10-17 1:27:04 PM  
I have a feeling there are two types who do this: the people who already have money in the bank, and the voluntarily(?) poor. It's easier in civilized countries with healthcare and some sort of housing for the poor and disabled. The people in the article are mostly disabled to some degree, and simply can't work what we call "full time".

Thing is, here in the US you can work 40 hours a week and still be poor.
 
2021-10-17 1:32:02 PM  
fta:  "Melanie Pledger, the CEO of life coaching company DNA Light Up, says it's understandable to feel afraid about changing your entire perspective on life, and how you use your time."
it's just hard to get excited about for-profit self help/life advice.  this is 'mindfulness' again, but with the opportunity to buy some more literature and maybe a few seminars.  thanks, Melanie!
/slow living is great, but have you tried slow living with tetrahydroCurcumin?  *chef's kiss!*
 
2021-10-17 1:43:19 PM  
Billy Liar:

Stop with the ear worms today puhlease

/although I do enjoy the cut of your jib
 
2021-10-17 2:01:10 PM  
headline as question as question? So which one gets the no?
'Could 'slow living' make you a better person - or is it another unattainable lifestyle goal?"


Whatever, true story from real history, slow living is what waiting on snail mail only is, or say waiting on the letter to cross the ocean on boat by wind power alone is.
So maybe not so, unattainable, as have to figure out how to "march to the tempo of your own beat" rather than let the trappings of our world set the pace for you. At least when and where it is financially/maintain a living possible to do so, and not entirely disrespectful of other people's time.
Why do you give shiat how fast it can be there? When what "it" is is just some frivolous pass the time entertainment anyway?
 
2021-10-17 2:13:03 PM  
What percentage of society* would be fine to just live off of porn, quickly delivered food and video games?

/*and is this for all of society or percentage of males
//curious to hear your thoughts
 
2021-10-17 2:23:40 PM  

adamatari: I have a feeling there are two types who do this: the people who already have money in the bank, and the voluntarily(?) poor. It's easier in civilized countries with healthcare and some sort of housing for the poor and disabled. The people in the article are mostly disabled to some degree, and simply can't work what we call "full time".

Thing is, here in the US you can work 40 hours a week and still be poor.


Pandemic and all the other craziness has pushed me into the latter. This whole little society we got going on in the US of A can go fark off and die in a dumpster fire because it is trash. And prioritizing wealth and rat race bullshiat just doesn't seem like a very good use of my limited time on this crapball.
 
2021-10-17 2:26:29 PM  

Resident Muslim: What percentage of society* would be fine to just live off of porn, quickly delivered food and video games?

/*and is this for all of society or percentage of males
//curious to hear your thoughts


The nice thing would be that you would only need to offer the deal for 6 months or so.  At that point you just cull those who accepted the deal and you get a net savings.  I'd say you could probably knock 20% of the population off this way, which would be fantastic for overall greenhouse gas emissions.
 
2021-10-17 2:29:00 PM  
Sounds wonderful.  If I didn't have to work a lot to ensure healthcare coverage I would try it.
 
2021-10-17 2:47:43 PM  
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Be slow, but go fast.
 
2021-10-17 3:04:09 PM  
I was talking to my doctor about retirement. He asked me what i was going to do. I said nothing, he did not approve. He doesn't know how hard it would be.
 
2021-10-17 3:09:10 PM  
I'm voluntarily poor. F*ck the fast lane and f*ck consumerism.
 
2021-10-17 3:14:20 PM  
Makes as much sense as "clean" food.

/drfa
/ssdd
 
2021-10-17 3:22:12 PM  
Moving from Vilnius, immigrating to Detroit, amd the moving to Fifty-six, Arkansas has been a huge eye opener. Live has slowed wayyyyy down.
It's made me appreciate life much more.
/No shoes
//No pants
/// Russian Hillbilly
 
2021-10-17 3:31:31 PM  
Whaaaaaaaaaat's goooooooooooing oooooooon iiiiiiiiiin thiiiiiiiiiis threaaaaaaaaad?
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2021-10-17 3:34:57 PM  

Resident Muslim: What percentage of society* would be fine to just live off of porn, quickly delivered food and video games?

/*and is this for all of society or percentage of males
//curious to hear your thoughts


It's definitely not just men in that category.

Thing is, before you can answer that question, you have to ask, "what is the alternative?" It seems to me less that people want to be lazy and much more that people want to do meaningful work. Either that or do work that gives them a decent living and some free time. Preferably both.

Working 50+ hours a week, doing something you don't give a shiat about and which does very little good for anyone is soul crushing. Work doesn't always have to be "a calling" but it has to be basically decent. You have to want to do it to at least some degree.
 
2021-10-17 4:06:43 PM  
1. Live with less. 2. Be happy. Seriously: focus on what makes you happy and remind yourself of how lucky you are compared to others. 3. Outside of work, schedule your life in 30 minute segments. 4. Don't worry about what others think of what makes you happy. If you collect belly-button lint, so what? 5. Spend less. You probably don't need it. Set a limit, say $250, and anything over that amount requires a day to make a final decision. By tomorrow, you'll decide you can do without. 6. Protect yourself: find a job/career that gives you benefits for now and later. 7. Instead of wasting time, find a 2nd job: if your primary job is a desk job, find one that involves moving packages or stocking shelves; you get exercise, extra income and more people to talk to - it's like a gym that pays you to attend.
8. If you don't have a pet, get one; you need someone/something who depends on you to better regulate your life and income. 9. Garden: growing some of your own food cuts down on bills and occupies time, besides a sense of accomplishment. 10: Go to school. Just find a class at a JC in something that interests you. It doesn't have to lead to a degree, but it might if you find something that really interests you. It doesn't matter if it's poetry or basic auto maintenance. You'll meet people, too.
 
2021-10-17 4:20:26 PM  

Resident Muslim: What percentage of society* would be fine to just live off of porn, quickly delivered food and video games?

/*and is this for all of society or percentage of males
//curious to hear your thoughts


Define 'fine'.  I find constantly monitoring what I say to allow for the sensibilities of others to mostly be more effort than it's worth, and if you gave me a decent income to survive off of so I could try my hand at robotics and programming to see if I could make something useful?  Yeah, I'd probably be OK with porn instead of women.

But I can also say that's only 'fine'.  I'm happier married despite all the compromises and irritations of maintaining a relationship.
 
2021-10-17 4:32:35 PM  
Been trying to do some of this for years.  Elderly, disabled family won't leave me be for even 4 hours despite being in full on nursing care now.

"Living slow" in the 21st century means only working 40 hours a week at one job, and taking care of nobody but yourself.

Naturally, almost nobody does that past age 25, and many don't even make it that far, especially the "only one job" and "only 40 hours a week" legs.
 
2021-10-17 4:53:18 PM  

PvtStash: headline as question as question? So which one gets the no?
'Could 'slow living' make you a better person - or is it another unattainable lifestyle goal?"
Whatever, true story from real history, slow living is what waiting on snail mail only is, or say waiting on the letter to cross the ocean on boat by wind power alone is.
So maybe not so, unattainable, as have to figure out how to "march to the tempo of your own beat" rather than let the trappings of our world set the pace for you. At least when and where it is financially/maintain a living possible to do so, and not entirely disrespectful of other people's time.
Why do you give shiat how fast it can be there? When what "it" is is just some frivolous pass the time entertainment anyway?


Slow living, my ass.  It's called "the way we evolved to live."    Remember, everybody is into getting back to their roots--appreciating nature--not working so much, discovering what free time is all about again. In other words--the way we have lived for  most of our history on earth.  It wasn't in a farking RV either.
The covid "gave us a new appreciation for our lives." LOL.   That's why we went on a historic shopping spree that is still farking up the supply chain.  (You can look that up, too.)  The responsibilities of  being a peak consumer never retreat, and we obey them.  Not slow living.  mega-consumer living, right from the comfort of your living room.  You think that was just by accident?  That's as slow as it ever gets now--you might be asleep, but thanks to your phone, you're still shopping!  It's a miracle!  How could you ignore it?

If you can't adapt to living slower, then you're the one who has been warped by modern life and "can't adapt" to what life is really about--and it's not about money.
It's not my problem--but I sure am surprised at how completely everyone has forgotten where they came from , to pursue the sort of bullshiat you all seem so proud of.  I know you're proud of being a freak of nature, because you talk about it so much--how little sleep you get, how fat you get, how many drugs you need to take to get along, how farked up your work is, but you can't leave, how farked up your personal relationships are, how you never have a second of free time for yourself, and make poor people wait on you all day long.  This makes you very proud, to live so fast and so carelessly.  it's a sign of how much success you've attained--you don't even CARE that the world is dying right in front of your eyes--look at all this shiat you can buy!

If you had to slow down, you might come to your senses and have mercy on a dying planet, but advertisers have a nations budget invested in making sure that that NEVER happens, and so far, so good.  You're doing exactly what they want you to do--sacrificing your life, your time, your personal relationships, and your sense of self to THE ECONOMY.

Nice work, dummies.


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2021-10-17 7:12:07 PM  

cryinoutloud: PvtStash: headline as question as question? So which one gets the no?
'Could 'slow living' make you a better person - or is it another unattainable lifestyle goal?"
Whatever, true story from real history, slow living is what waiting on snail mail only is, or say waiting on the letter to cross the ocean on boat by wind power alone is.
So maybe not so, unattainable, as have to figure out how to "march to the tempo of your own beat" rather than let the trappings of our world set the pace for you. At least when and where it is financially/maintain a living possible to do so, and not entirely disrespectful of other people's time.
Why do you give shiat how fast it can be there? When what "it" is is just some frivolous pass the time entertainment anyway?

Slow living, my ass.  It's called "the way we evolved to live."    Remember, everybody is into getting back to their roots--appreciating nature--not working so much, discovering what free time is all about again. In other words--the way we have lived for  most of our history on earth.  It wasn't in a farking RV either.
The covid "gave us a new appreciation for our lives." LOL.   That's why we went on a historic shopping spree that is still farking up the supply chain.  (You can look that up, too.)  The responsibilities of  being a peak consumer never retreat, and we obey them.  Not slow living.  mega-consumer living, right from the comfort of your living room.  You think that was just by accident?  That's as slow as it ever gets now--you might be asleep, but thanks to your phone, you're still shopping!  It's a miracle!  How could you ignore it?

If you can't adapt to living slower, then you're the one who has been warped by modern life and "can't adapt" to what life is really about--and it's not about money.
It's not my problem--but I sure am surprised at how completely everyone has forgotten where they came from , to pursue the sort of bullshiat you all seem so proud of.  I know you're proud of being a freak of nature, because you talk about it so much--how little sleep you get, how fat you get, how many drugs you need to take to get along, how farked up your work is, but you can't leave, how farked up your personal relationships are, how you never have a second of free time for yourself, and make poor people wait on you all day long.  This makes you very proud, to live so fast and so carelessly.  it's a sign of how much success you've attained--you don't even CARE that the world is dying right in front of your eyes--look at all this shiat you can buy!

If you had to slow down, you might come to your senses and have mercy on a dying planet, but advertisers have a nations budget invested in making sure that that NEVER happens, and so far, so good.  You're doing exactly what they want you to do--sacrificing your life, your time, your personal relationships, and your sense of self to THE ECONOMY.

Nice work, dummies.


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Thank you for wording it so eloquently.
We are definitely on the same wavelength.
 
2021-10-17 7:25:37 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [Fark user image image 512x640]

Wow, she's so quirky!


Huge tracts of land.
 
2021-10-17 7:28:35 PM  

RogermcAllen: Resident Muslim: What percentage of society* would be fine to just live off of porn, quickly delivered food and video games?

/*and is this for all of society or percentage of males
//curious to hear your thoughts

The nice thing would be that you would only need to offer the deal for 6 months or so.  At that point you just cull those who accepted the deal and you get a net savings.  I'd say you could probably knock 20% of the population off this way, which would be fantastic for overall greenhouse gas emissions.


Thanks for your reply and thoughts.
What do you think drives the other 80%?

/and where do you draw the line at "culling"
 
2021-10-17 7:39:20 PM  

cryinoutloud: PvtStash: headline as question as question? So which one gets the no?
'Could 'slow living' make you a better person - or is it another unattainable lifestyle goal?"
Whatever, true story from real history, slow living is what waiting on snail mail only is, or say waiting on the letter to cross the ocean on boat by wind power alone is.
So maybe not so, unattainable, as have to figure out how to "march to the tempo of your own beat" rather than let the trappings of our world set the pace for you. At least when and where it is financially/maintain a living possible to do so, and not entirely disrespectful of other people's time.
Why do you give shiat how fast it can be there? When what "it" is is just some frivolous pass the time entertainment anyway?

Slow living, my ass.  It's called "the way we evolved to live."    Remember, everybody is into getting back to their roots--appreciating nature--not working so much, discovering what free time is all about again. In other words--the way we have lived for  most of our history on earth.  It wasn't in a farking RV either.
The covid "gave us a new appreciation for our lives." LOL.   That's why we went on a historic shopping spree that is still farking up the supply chain.  (You can look that up, too.)  The responsibilities of  being a peak consumer never retreat, and we obey them.  Not slow living.  mega-consumer living, right from the comfort of your living room.  You think that was just by accident?  That's as slow as it ever gets now--you might be asleep, but thanks to your phone, you're still shopping!  It's a miracle!  How could you ignore it?

If you can't adapt to living slower, then you're the one who has been warped by modern life and "can't adapt" to what life is really about--and it's not about money.
It's not my problem--but I sure am surprised at how completely everyone has forgotten where they came from , to pursue the sort of bullshiat you all seem so proud of.  I know you're proud of being a freak of nature, because you talk about it so much--how little sleep you get, how fat you get, how many drugs you need to take to get along, how farked up your work is, but you can't leave, how farked up your personal relationships are, how you never have a second of free time for yourself, and make poor people wait on you all day long.  This makes you very proud, to live so fast and so carelessly.  it's a sign of how much success you've attained--you don't even CARE that the world is dying right in front of your eyes--look at all this shiat you can buy!

If you had to slow down, you might come to your senses and have mercy on a dying planet, but advertisers have a nations budget invested in making sure that that NEVER happens, and so far, so good.  You're doing exactly what they want you to do--sacrificing your life, your time, your personal relationships, and your sense of self to THE ECONOMY.

Nice work, dummies.


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Pointing out the problem is one step towards fixing it, so thank you.
Any suggestions towards a solution that the human psyche could work with?

/communism seemed to be A solution for that, but, IMHO, it's not one that resonates with humanity
 
2021-10-17 7:44:35 PM  

wildlifer: Moving from Vilnius, immigrating to Detroit, amd the moving to Fifty-six, Arkansas has been a huge eye opener. Live has slowed wayyyyy down.
It's made me appreciate life much more.
/No shoes
//No pants
/// Russian Hillbilly


I learned something new today. There's a place called Fifty-Six, AR. I've already checked it out on google earth. Neat.
 
2021-10-17 7:46:49 PM  
Resident Muslim:

Automate government to be focused on providing essential services let deep state be efficient and independent of political theater.

Taxes should be like a utility bill, this is the services you received and this is what you owe.

There should be an international program specifically to regulate corporations, they have no morals, such things must be imposed.

/there are solutions we just have to want them enough.
 
2021-10-17 7:55:42 PM  

Grumpy Cat: wildlifer: Moving from Vilnius, immigrating to Detroit, amd the moving to Fifty-six, Arkansas has been a huge eye opener. Live has slowed wayyyyy down.
It's made me appreciate life much more.
/No shoes
//No pants
/// Russian Hillbilly

I learned something new today. There's a place called Fifty-Six, AR. I've already checked it out on google earth. Neat.


huh, me too.

It was named after the school district, pretty trippy!

Wildlifer, are you one of the ten people who have moved there since 2000?

/Wikipedia'd your hood.
 
2021-10-17 7:58:17 PM  

RogermcAllen: The nice thing would be that you would only need to offer the deal for 6 months or so.  At that point you just cull those who accepted the deal and you get a net savings.  I'd say you could probably knock 20% of the population off this way, which would be fantastic for overall greenhouse gas emissions.


Genocide solves many problems, eh?
 
2021-10-17 8:21:56 PM  

Resident Muslim: RogermcAllen: Resident Muslim: What percentage of society* would be fine to just live off of porn, quickly delivered food and video games?

/*and is this for all of society or percentage of males
//curious to hear your thoughts

The nice thing would be that you would only need to offer the deal for 6 months or so.  At that point you just cull those who accepted the deal and you get a net savings.  I'd say you could probably knock 20% of the population off this way, which would be fantastic for overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Thanks for your reply and thoughts.
What do you think drives the other 80%?

/and where do you draw the line at "culling"


The other 80% are driven by some sense of wanting to improve themselves/the world.  In my example, I only suggest killing anyone who does nothing other than sit in their home, eat their free food, jack it, and play video games. That person has already made a conscious choice to remove themselves from productive society, so we might as well finish the job for them.

I'm talking bare minimum shiat here.  Go for a walk and pick up a candy wrapper?  You're good to go, we'll keep you.
Disabled unable to move but you smile at the guy who brings you lunch because that's the best you can do?  Good to go, we'll keep you.
 
2021-10-17 8:28:28 PM  

RogermcAllen: I'm talking bare minimum shiat here. Go for a walk and pick up a candy wrapper? You're good to go, we'll keep you.
Disabled unable to move but you smile at the guy who brings you lunch because that's the best you can do? Good to go, we'll keep you.


That's my standard.  Be a net positive to your community, subject to the limits of your abilities.  If you're an 'Einstein', you aren't obligated to strap yourself to a desk and churn out the next great physics theory.  Just try and leave the planet incrementally nicer than you found it if you can.
 
2021-10-17 9:51:59 PM  
Not so much but maybe try Slow Farting?
Next big fart, instead of just letting it rip out all at once, hold tight and let it out slowly over a longer period of time.
Also known as Tantric Farting.
 
2021-10-18 6:54:04 AM  
The greatest accomplishment of business in the late 20th/early 21st centuries is convincing tens of millions of people (hundreds of millions if you extend it past the US to the rest of the world) that their jobs require round the clock attention.  And it was easy to do.

If people would wake and refuse to do it, we could reclaim our personal lives.  So far, it seems to be working in regards to the current "labor shortage", which isn't a shortage at all but rather people refusing to take jobs that f*ck them over for little pay.
 
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