Pollica 2020 | Time: the most precious resource that a man can spend

…used to say the Greek philosopher Theophrastus (371 B.C. – 287 B.C.)

After millenniums, these words still echo as truth.

During this long timeframe, humankind has experienced the excesses of development, the rush for omnipotence and power, and the speed of technologies. A mindset that has led us into the fast world we all know, where reflections are often confused with unproductivity, where thoughtful actions are replaced by quick reactions and where life has simply switched into survival. The paradox of our modern lives, where the more you accelerate the rhythm, the more you lose contact and control with the reality, has led us towards a tipping point: the coronavirus pandemic.

The forced stop we have all personally experienced, from businesses to our personal lives, has simply given us back what for years has been taken away: time. After pressing the reset button, the natural world is now setting new rules, demanding new rhythms and stressing the importance of the basic essentials: time, air, water, soil, sociality, health, and nutritious and tasty food – the basis of well-being.

There are places that were never forced to switch their mindset, as good living and sustainable patterns have always guided their way of living. In Pollica, my first real destination after 12 weeks of lockdown, the value of time is inherited from the wisdom of ancient Greek philosophers. I don’t think it is by chance that close to Pollica, the city of Velia, an ancient Polis of Magna Grecia, hosted philosophers such as Parmenide, Zenone (from Elea) and Melisso (from Samo), that have questioned human perceptions, including the concept of speed (with the Achilles paradox) far in the 500 B.C.

These are values that have deeply shaped the way of living, producing, and consuming. Today, these values are embedded in the principles of Slow Cities. Decelerate speed permit reflection, to prosper, to reconnect with ourselves, with the community, the territory. 

The famous three Ps (People, Planet, Prosperity) that characterize the Agenda 2030 and that return importance to the authenticity and uniqueness of “territoriality”, understood as the root, history, and experience of each place.

The most evident output is the Mediterranean Diet, which has been applauded all over the world for being amongst the most planet-friendly and nutritious diets. It, however, also represents a set of skills, knowledge, practices and traditions rooted in respect for the landscape and its biodiversity. In a nutshell, δίαιτα “diaita” that from the Greek language means “way of living”. 

In 2020 we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of UNESCO’s designation of this Mediterranean diet as a “Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. We could not be more proud to host one of our Boot Camps with FAO in Pollica, in September 2020. That would be in person, to reiterate the importance of conviviality and social interaction around food.

In a sort of a circular pattern, the Boot Camp in Pollica on Regenerative Kitchens is intended to bring back the ancient wisdom from 500 B.C. and the values intrinsic to it, to contaminate and regenerate our present while leading us towards a better future.

Apply Here https://futurefood.academy/bootcamps/pollica/

Questo elemento è stato inserito in Home. Aggiungilo ai segnalibri.