Wednesday, March 01, 2006

In praise of the slow life

The "slow-life" movement currently under way in Japan advocates giving up hectic city living for a laid-back existence, usually in the countryside. (The city of Kakegawa, in Shizuoka City, has even declared itself a slow-life city, perhaps in an attempt to attract urban refugees.)

There is something to be said for country living. Then again, as Marguerite Duras wrote, “One does not find solitude, one creates it.”

—Mellow Monk

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