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February 15, 2006

Lenten Fast

With Shrove Tuesday less than two weeks ago, some are already giving consideration to Lent, the season of denial usually characterised by fasting. Here's one idea which is a new take: A Lenten Slow! That's it, a slow! Realising that the idea of giving something up for Lent be supplemented (or replaced) by doing something which goes against the constant pressure to speed things up. It's not a unique idea, there's a Lenten Slow wiki web site where you can join with others in the creative as well as the enacting phases. (Dare I say, "hurry and join today!"?)

Seriously though, someone has characterised Western life as suffering from hurry sickness. Heck, I've even stood at the microwave impatient as it counted down the seconds for something that used to take twenty minutes; I worry about a ten-second wait for a web site to begin displaying... Feeling the pressure to "use" every moment is a notion born of our consumer culture where all time is money.

A Lenten slow... why limit it to Lent?

Posted by gary at February 15, 2006 12:36 PM

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