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Turkish fast food: Real food fast

The definition of ‘fast food’ according to the Wikipedia is food cooked in build and in advance, kept warm or re-heated to order....

Slow Fish a great success

Slow Food in collaboration with the region of Liguria, has just finished celebr4ating the event Slow Fish 2007. It was a great success with 42,000 visitors, a much higher number than expected. ...

National Sea Change Task Force urges more flood studies

ABC Wed Jul 11 07 The Mayor of Maroochy Shire on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Joe Natoli, says it could be another 12 months before the CSIRO is able to undertake a flood modelling study in the Sunshine Coast region because the research body is under-funded. ...

Treechangers change country culture

An influx of treechangers into a rural community can keep population levels steady but it can change the needs and expectations within the community. ...

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Making the connection to people

The slow movement is about slowing down and having richer relationships with people. Not just our partner, but our entire family, our friends, our workmates, our neighbours, and anybody else we meet. How many of us don’t know the names of our neighbours? We are all oneWe are all one

A rich relationship is one where there is a deep connection based on loving-kindness. Some people think it takes time to develop a rich relationship and a deep connection. Yet a deep connection with another person can be made in minutes. It is all about where we focus. Do we focus on ourselves, or do we focus on the other person? When we focus on the other person, and that is, when we truly focus on the other person, we make a deep connection.

When we make a deep connection we make rich relationships and … 

Rich relationships make rich lives

When we connect to people in our community or neighbourhood we also connect to place and to the slow movement. In the fast-lane lives people don’t have time to slow down and talk and listen to others. Either they drive to work in stressful traffic, or they catch a bus or train and spend the duration of the journey reading a newspaper or trying to avoid eye contact with their fellow passengers.

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Why do people do this? What are they afraid of? What are they doing that is more valuable and rewarding than talking and connecting to people?

This fear or denial of other people’s existence is seen in the current attitude to older people in western countries. It seems that so many times, once a person reaches their latter years they are ignored at best, and at worst subjected to discrimination and abuse.

Other cultures have maintained the respect and sense of responsibility for their aged that we have in our cultural past. Why is this? Is it a result of our crazy desire for Just talkingJust Talkingindividuation? Or is it because we have believed the propaganda the media has fed us about youth, looks, health etc, that has led to some of us placing value on these things and conversely placing no or less than no value on aging, wrinkles/saggy skin, declining health etc.?

How does the connection to people relate to how we earn our money? How many of us question the practices of our employer, not just in the workplace, but the effects of the business in the community in terms of social, economic and environmental impacts. Does the business create more division between rich and poor, or any other social groups?

As can be seen the slow movement is about slowing down and making connection. These connections enrich our lives and the lives of others. They also build the social fabric of our communities and provide a strong and resilient fabric to support us all.