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Less Is More, Slow Is Beautiful and Circle of Simplicity and a founder of the Phinney Ecovillage, a project to build Sustainability and Community in her North Seattle Neighborhood. She has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, where she received her doctorate in education, and an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University and Seattle University. A former community college administrator, she now works with community groups to explore the issue of living more simply and leisurely: how to live lives that are sustainable, just, and joyful. She is on the board of the Take Back Your Time campaign. She lives in Seattle Washington with her husband, former technology writer and current BikeIntelligencer.com blogger Paul Andrews.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

trash and triviality

"If we have only trash and trivialities to sell, we must produce trashy and trivial personalities to serve as consumers."
Lewis Mumford, 1944

This is one of my greatest fears: as we trivialize life around us, we trivialize ourselves. I worry that my experience of the world has been reduced to the emotions engendered by a tv sit com. Apparently sit coms evoke mild depression. But essentially, the emotions are trivial and trashy. If we have a constant diet of the trivial and trashy, can we ever feel or think deeply? If we spend our time shopping for clothes, are we able to recognize or connect with great ideas? Are we experiencing life in a mediocre fashion?

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