Chroniques de la soustraction 4
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Counterculture, 07 November 2019

Chroniques de la soustraction 4

SUBTRACTION CHRONICLES
Episode 4 – Less Is Not Yet a Bore

Chronicle by Jean-Baptiste Farkas

Summary

Can we reduce to have more ? Is this really possible ? Such is the challenge proposed by the American group The Minimalists. Eliminate, detach, declutter, let go to make room for more time, more passion, more creativity, experience and freedom. A reminiscence of the old Situationist dream that called for an “everyday revolution”. 

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Critique de la vie quotidienne II, Fondements d’une sociologie de la quotidienneté, Le sens de la marche, L’Arche éditeur, 1961.

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Le texte en anglais figure à cette page https://www.theminimalists.com/about/ :

About The Minimalists

At first glance, people might think the point of minimalism is only to get rid of material possessions: Eliminating. Jettisoning. Extracting. Detaching. Decluttering. Paring down. Letting go. But that’s a mistake.

True, removing the excess is an important part of the recipe—but it’s just one ingredient. If we’re concerned solely with the stuff, though, we’re missing the larger point.

Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less. We focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more creativity, more experiences, more contribution, more contentment, more freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps make that room. »

Writer, theoretician, filmmaker, poet and revolutionary Guy Debord drew inspiration from a French philosopher who deserves more readership today, Henri Lefebvre, whose Critique de la vie quotidienne II, Fondements d’une sociologie de la quotidienneté1 (Critique of Everyday Life, volume II) defined the concept of “everyday revolution”, which almost instantaneously became a landmark aspect of the…

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