This week, tell us about a lost art: one that you know, one that you miss, or one that should be lost for good.
Disconnect to reconnect
In the mid-afternoon, with waves rushing in the background, it felt as though time was slowing down. Angular shadows outlined the historic buildings and every doorway was filled with groups of two or more, watching the sun move through the sky and sharing the experiences of the day. At the cafes, the ice cream parlors, and in the town square, people were everywhere, with nowhere else to be and with plenty of quality time to spare for their neighbors and friends.
For an American from the East Coast, it was a strange site to see in Cefalù, Sicily. At four o’clock on a Friday, I’m usually wrapping up work, moving in a frenzy to get ready for the next place I need to be that day. If I see my neighbors? It’s usually a quick hello before we both get into our cars and rush towards the next destination.
Yet, watching the residents, business owners, and children of this town come together in that memorable afternoon light, almost everyone had a smile on their face. Reveling in the joy of simply being and talking with others, they were savoring the art of disconnecting — from life, from work — to reconnect.
Your take on lost arts
As of today, if you do a Google search for “lost arts,” you’ll find over 2,500 news articles mourning the loss of yet another tangible, or perhaps not-so-tangible, skill. Listening, dressing, screen printing, dating, writing, proofreading: the list goes on. Yet, ideas like the Slow Web Movement and, to a certain extent, small shops on Etsy and other sites that focus on hand-made and unique items run counter to the idea that a lost art is really lost.
For this week, we want to hear your thoughts on the hand-made, the tangible, on all those things we experience when disconnected. Are we losing them, or learning to savor them more?
- Tell us about a lost art or skill that you know, or that you think needs to be revived.
- For fiction writers, craft a story that centers around a slower pace of life, where there’s always time to talk and smartphones stay in your pocket at dinner. Or, better yet, tell us about the extremes of our fast pace of life. What would it be like if we never stopped to smell the roses?
- What’s a skill that you think needs to be replaced by something better or automated? Use your imagination! Who knows, maybe someone else agrees that grocery shopping robots are the way of the future.
- Tell us what it means to really lose something. Once something is gone, can it never come back?
We’re looking forward to connecting with your experiences, after a nice, disconnected weekend, that is!