CHIMAERA

22 February 2017:

MONACHOPSIS.

n. the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your surroundings as a seal on a beach—lumbering, clumsy, easily distracted, huddled in the company of other misfits, unable to recognize the ambient roar of your intended habitat, in which you’d be fluidly, brilliantly, effortlessly at home.

27 March 2018:

Een van de meest bevredigende dingen is voor mij toch wel een strategisch goedgeplaatste, strak ingelegde straatkolk aan de rand van de straat, die je zachtjes hoort kletteren, wanneer het heeft geregend buiten, en de regen net gestopt is. Het klokkend druppen, en zien hoe de straatkolk de straten droogslikt, zonder dat het water in beweging lijkt te zijn op het asfalt zelf. Een die precies ligt waar de straat hem nodig heeft.

11 September 2018:

Thomas Theorem:  “If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences.” (1928)

 

28 February 2018:

“Green consumerism is, actually, an oxymoron.”

“Green products sell a lifestyle that is described by such words as ‘responsibility’, and that includes such activities as reducing, reusing, and recycling. Although these latter actions might at least make people think about the legacy of overconsumption (landfills, leaching, air and water pollution, etc.), they are individual changes, personal decisions, activities that tend to be incorporated fairly unproblematically into daily household routines without other significant changes, and without planting the seeds of broader social or environmental transformation. In this process by which ‘the environment’ becomes a question of lifestyle, it becomes depoliticized; it becomes a private matter, something that people feel they are helping in their daily lives, even though their daily lives have changed little, and even though social and economic relations destructive to the environment remain fundamentally intact.”

“The privatization of environmental change shifts the burden of responsibility onto individuals and households, and away from states, corporations, and global political arrangements. The privatization of environmental change undermines both collective and individual resistance; it turns politics into actions such as squashing tin cans, morality into not buying overpackaged muffins, and environmentalism into taking your own cloth bag to the grocery store.”

(Sandilands, Catriona (1993), “Green Consumerism: Environmental Privatization and “Family Values””, Canadian Woman Studies 13 (3): 45-47.)

 

17 April 2019:

“Wer der Menge folgt, wird gewöhnlich nicht weiter kommen als die Menge. Wer alleine marschiert, wird sich wahrscheinlich an Orten wiederfinden, an denen noch keiner zuvor gewesen ist.”

– Albert Einstein

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