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Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre Paperback – October 1, 2006
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We're hammered, we're slammed, we're out of control. Happiness is on the decline in the most affluent country in the world and Americans are troubled by the destructiveness of a lifestyle devoted to money and status. Yet no-one seems to have a clue how to exit from the Fast Lane...
Slow Is Beautiful analyzes the subtle consumer, political and corporate forces stamping the joy from our existence and provides a vision of a more fulfilling life through the rediscovery of caring community, unhurried leisure, and life affirming joie de vivre. The book discusses:
- the frantic time poverty plaguing everyone-a poverty that is being challenged by the growing Slow Life movement whose message is reverberating around the world
- the need to build a culture of connection with both people and the planet by challenging the consumer society and recreating vibrant life in our local communities
- the creation of a different experience of time where we live life in slower, more reflective ways, savoring our lives and recapturing exuberance and laughter.
Offering inspiration and concrete ideas, Slow Is Beautiful will appeal to a broad audience of Baby Boomers nearing retirement, harried professionals with a social conscience, the one-time "middle class," and 20-30-somethings who are now facing the sobering realities of constricted choices.(2006-04-18)
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Through research and witty descriptions of her own experiences, Andrews reveals how an obsession with professional status and commercial/material success can be antithetical to joyful living. She peels back the shallow surface of these cherished "values" and exposes them as surface intoxications, spurred by corporate culture -- and ultimately unsustainable. This builds her compelling case for the often repeated (but hitherto unheeded) message: personal happiness is more likely to emerge via simplicity than via complexity.... more likely to emerge via community than via self promotion.
For most of us to slow down, we need to make priorities adjustments and philosophy shifts, and we need to acquire new habits. Fortunately, Andrews' vision offers numerous alternatives and antidotes to the greed trap and the speed trap, reminding us that, with sufficient creativity, the choice of how to live is really ours. And when we do slow down, Andrews convincingly concludes, we can be effective members of a "subversive" (slow) counterculture. This burgeoning community will, with sufficient time, wield powerful influences....and powerful delights.
There is a famous quote incorrectly ascribed to Samuel Johnson, "Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good." That quote fits this book like a glove. Absolutely everything that is positive and true in this book is pulled from better books. At its best, this works serves as a well-annotated sampling of a movement for better living.
Unfortunately, these samples are laced with the poison of the author's vain, ignorant judgments-- NOT only about strangers on the political spectrum, but also about class culture, the experience of modern poverty, medical facts about modern neurological and psychiatric disorders, and (of all things!) the creative process and the nature of reform. If anyone is looking for an example of how humans use judgment to distance ourselves from the unfortunate, this book is it in a nutshell.
The intent may be innocent, but the accumulation becomes vicious, to the point that a friend of mine blurted, "I'd burn this if it didn't belong to the library." May the reader's time and money be saved for the many books that deliver the same wholesomeness without the poison... and may the author's life and heart be opened to a far greater spectrum of people before she writes again.
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Tired of running around like a chicken. Not good for anybody.
I think it is time to take care of our personal "ecology", take a
break and stop thinking everything... Read more
This book is SO hard to read. Every piece of awesome truth written was surrounded by equal volumes of crap. The author is extremely negative. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by LovetoCook
The title of the book is so nice, "Slow is Beautiful," but several of the author's comments in chapter 1 are not. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Anne M. Wenzel
I really wanted to love this book. And I agree with the reviewers who praise it for its basic premise -- and most of the content. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by C. G. La Ferle
Like the other reviewers, I felt that I could have done without the arrogant "George Bush stole my bike!" ravings found in the book. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by Nicole M.
If you are stressed, frustrated, rushed along, read this book. It is straightforward and clear about how to get off that fast track, how to make your life meaningful and... Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by Annie Dragonfly
The best most meaningful book I have read in a long time. I have shared it with freinds and family. A must read for the thinking person you'll be a better human being for it.Published on May 19, 2009 by Joe "prime"
Cacile Andrews offers a compelling alternative to the hustle and bustle of modern society. She speaks to the recognition that we have become too fast-paced and ignorant of what... Read morePublished on July 5, 2008 by tomp2002
Cecile Andrews has some good ideas and good things to say, but these are very difficult to ferret out, as she appears to be consumed by a hatred of all things right-wing, most... Read morePublished on May 18, 2008 by B. Jennings