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Hi, we’re the utopian idiots.

Like all utopians, we think the world could be (a lot) better than it is. And like all idiots, we’re going to tell you exactly what we think is wrong with it.

But the big difference between us and other utopians is that if asked what we think is most wrong with the world, we’d probably all respond the same way the English writer G.K. Chesterton once did: “I am.”

One thing we think is especially wrong with ourselves, is how distracted we are so much of the time. Harried. Disconnected. Pavlovian dogs at the mercy of the next stimulus promising a dopamine hit.

We started this website to document and share our efforts at slowing down, and being truly present to the amazing people and things in our lives. Our motto is “things should take a long time” (read more about our motto here).

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