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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.)

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Things Should Take a Long Time


John Jalsevac

John is a PhD candidate in philosophy.

Jonathon Van Maren

Author & writer.