Slow Culture is an eight-part series examining the motivations that we believe form the foundation of the choices we make and the ways we consume. These motivations manifest themselves differently depending on the time and place, and their trajectories trace a broader transformation in collective mood.


Wherever you fall on the spectrum of the value of individuality, what makes us who we are as individuals is a curious question, and how it plays out around us is equally worth exploring, even if ultimately we’re all walking compost fodder. Consider what makes you who you are, and what makes the person next to you who they are... [Read more]


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The world used to be set up in such a way that, to shake things up, one had to have access to established of influence. In that top-down reality, it was center against periphery. While a select few maintained control, the rest of us did what we could to have a say in the collective conversation, but we were shut out more often than not. Now, we're seeing...


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In days past, contentment was more cut and dried. The world began and ended on the horizon, and if something wasn’t happening in one’s own backyard, it wasn’t of immediate concern. In that context, feeling good about one’s life choices was easy. What we didn’t know, didn’t hurt us, and there was quite a lot that we just didn’t see...

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In the past, belonging was determined by religion, ethnicity, geography, class, and other such traditional markers of community. Membership in one of these groups was tantamount to who we were; everything started and ended with church, clan, neighborhood, and social rank. Today, establishing belonging has...


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In another era, duty was about living up to an agreed upon code, one that we all learned to internalize as truth even though few of us ever had a hand in its creation. Call them shared morals or values or interests, being acknowledged as contributing members of society meant following these rules. Today, the tides have turned. That sense of duty toward an...


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It used to be that renewal required wholesale change. It was a high-stakes decision to transform completely, to alter one’s course in life and thus one’s place in the world. When stagnation occurred and exhaustion set in, renewal meant converting from one way of living to another. Today, through a series of incremental tweaks...

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Previously, there was room to express oneself in ways that were wholly new. When inspiration struck, it was possible to create fresh visions for fashion, fine art, the written word, filmmaking,  musical genres, design, and all other manner of cultural production that had never been seen before.  Around every corner, there was...


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Previously, when there was a sense of injustice in the air, the natural impulse was to pit oneself against the system that wasn’t working. To reject it along with all of its trappings, to turn the world upside-down via in-your-face, in-the-streets demonstrations, to turn one’s back toward the parental and political authorities that seemed to be the root...