That zero-waste thing....

I think it is important to realize in what world we are living in today. Our attention, our time, our choices are power means for the leading brands. We know it. And it is up to us and only us to choose to be a part of that power cycle or not, or at least to what extent. Not being a part of it requires tremendous courage (I am thinking about going Walden style), as well as a shitload of time to look and search and instruct ourselves about the consequences of each of our gestures of participation in the market. Making sure what all those “ethical” “green” and all other fufu labels mean. So my take, as a modest and pretty regular working middle class human, is to make a tradeoff between my idealistic (Waldenistics) values and my reality (the job, the little salary, the balanced life !). It goes along those “life-hacking” principle; get the most out of the least. Investing little here and there, and get big from it. There are plenty zero-waste blogs, youtubes, books, you name it, of much higher quality than my content. However, here is my take, not being specialised, and yet, immensely happy with it.

  • Gear

    For a start, thermal/insulated bottles: HydroFlask, 24Bottles, Sipp, Klean Kanteen - Tried, intensively used and highly approved, their high price tag will last you a life time. They can be found in more and more places (even beyond the organic or alpinism gear shops). It is one item (or more, I personnally have three of them, and three BPA-free plastic bottles in my car and in my room) that substitutes hundreds, if not thousands of one-use plastic bottles thrown away per year.

  • Groceries shopping

    First and foremost: no matter how annoying you could pretend it is, PLANNING AHEAD is the way. Open your cupboards (if there are too many, declutter first), assess what you need and also what you do not need, as well as the quantities.
    Totes bags, cotton bags.

  • General shopping

    Second hand: Vinted, Depop

  • Lifestyle

    Go outdoor as much as possible, walking up to 30mins is mostly worth the time - benefits are uncounted and nearly unlimited.

Insights on "Rich Dad Poor Dad"

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a learning book about personal finances. It gives insights and tools on how to build a sustainable business and become financially independent. It also gives a very clear picture of the actual state of mind for professional success. It compares the different schools of thought (hence the title, as you can imagine): those who fit at school, study hard, get good grades, good diplomas, secure jobs, a company car and health insurance - with those more subversive, educating themselves along the powerful structures in our society: the banks, the CEOs and the entrepreneurs. No need of academic degree for that, but rather a sensitivity to how the things actually work today.

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Why is your school built as a prison ?

Take a moment and make an effort; try to remember where were the toilets located in your schools, from the first ages to your graduation. In Belgium, and, as far as I can say, in Europe, the toilets in elementary, middle and high schools are as much as possible located right in front of the principal office, or to say the least at a very close distance of it, and of any other authority figure’s office. You might even ask yourself, why so ? Privacy and freedom, my friends ! Most schools have been designed to threaten your privacy by putting such a close proximity between you, in your weakest position (bottom naked, releasing your troubles), and the school principal, or his right-hand, or the administraive assistants.

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Comics for Bookworms

To many, this might feel wrong, but as a bookworm, I have never been the most attracted to comic strips. Four words as main reason: the smell of books. But, being open-minded and always down to discover quality content, of whatever sort of course, I have tried out several comics, and the following have strung me with their high quality set-up. Here are my recommendations:

  • Blacksad, Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido

    Private detective Blacksad (yes, the handsome guy on the image) brilliantly and darkly performing in each thriller - or book. There is each time an underlying historical context that is set to light in a very delicate way, yet quite graphic. In complement to a pure thriller plot, it also shows humanity’s previous mistakes and major choices in a crude way, and that makes it my favorite comic series without a doubt.

  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan

  • Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

  • Before Watchmen: Minutemen, Darwyn Cooke

American Litterature

This category is only making sense after reading the following books; there is actually such a thing as the american litterature, for I believed America was a worldwide generic symbol of power, marketing, well, America, in the eyes of all the other countries. And we all know that generic goes very often with nothing special defining it right ? But these books gave me a deep and very geniune insight into the very subtly peculiar culture that reigns in the USA.

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This special type of litterature has a lot of underground success since not too long ago; thirty to forty years maybe, not more. Utopies have given us means to take conscience of the consequences of the growing technology race driving today’s society.

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