About

The Utopian Idiots are a group of friends who are pushing back against the cult of haste and distraction. We believe in what one of us (Jonathon) has coined “the high drama of ordinary living.” We believe the best things in life are the simple things – the hidden joys of family life, the pleasures of deep friendship, and the satisfaction of craft, creativity and contemplation pursued as means of enhancing our state of presence to and gratitude for the good things in our lives, above all the people.

Once a week we post a longer essay, and in between may post a poem or shorter reflection, as the spirit moves us. Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. (To learn more about our philosophy and the purpose of this site, read our introduction here.)

John – editor

After 10 years working in the fast-paced world of publishing, marketing, and technology, John quit his job a couple years ago to pursue his dream of getting his PhD in philosophy. He’s not saying this was a smart career move. But as a way of slowing down, it’s not bad. Did we mention he’s also a dad to six beautiful kids?

Will – contributor

When it comes to the Utopian Idiots’ commitment to taking things slow, Will is what you might call next level – a 9th degree blackbelt, as it were. After a few years teaching the liberal arts, and a few more years pursuing his PhD in medieval studies, Will decided that medieval scholarship just wasn’t slow enough for him, and decided instead to start up a small, organic market farm on the far East coast of Canada. And there he is to this day, with his wife and six kids, a bunch of cows, and 200 acres of rugged Cape Breton landscape to call his own.

Jonathon – contributor

As a longtime social activist, journalist, podcaster, speaker, and organizer, Jonathon’s life is anything but slow. But somehow he still manages to find a way to carve out space for the slow and simple things, including gardening and raising livestock on a small homesteading scale. Jonathon believes in what he calls “the high drama of ordinary living.” You can read about what he means by that here.