We tell stories. We dress our thoughts, experiences, and arguments in a pair of meanings. The core is pressed into a tight corset of beginning and ending. What doesn’t work goes into the washing machine, to be exposed anew. We place our surrounding in a personal context of meaning and tell the story of our life again and again. Narration is a constant in human history. "There is and never has been a nation without narrative" Roland Barthes culture and stories In Cultural Studies the … [Read more...] about how stories define who we are
“Sir, what sciences have you addicted yourself to?” someone asks Don Quixote in an eighteenth-century English translation of the Cervantes classic. To Shakespeare, addiction was an activity that one was passionate about. Today, when we talk about addiction, we have quite a different understanding. Where 15 years ago, people thought of drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Today, we can be addicted to sex, food, sleep, or dogs. I am addicted to my dog According to addiction … [Read more...] about Are we a bit fucked?
Everything that lives dies. There is no life without death. The earth is alive. Eventually it must die. The question is not a biological one: when? The question is a philosophical one: how has she lived? … [Read more...] about The earth must die
I have recently been to the US. The flight covered all the Carbon Emissions I’d theoretically be allowed to use in a year.When I flew in, the first thing I noticed was that I got fearful. It seemed that every foreigner is a potential threat to the country. People seemed suspicious and cautious about each other. And I wonder… What kind of world do we live in if I can’t leave my suitcase unattended when I have to pee. I went to a wedding. We ate of plastic dishes and drank out of plastic cups. … [Read more...] about Good Night Everyone.
Do you ever have to convince someone to go out and have fun? Most likely not. If something is truly enjoyable, it doesn’t need conviction. We think sustainability needs conviction. But why live a sustainable lifestyle if it’s not making your life better. If you suffer by living a sustainable lifestyle only to make it possible for future generations to also suffer, it’s not worth it. Sustainability is only worth it if it’s about a good life. If a sustainable lifestyle is truly … [Read more...] about How to convince others of living sustainably