There is no more pleasure without immediacy or witnesses

There is no more pleasure without immediacy or witnesses

There is no more pleasure without immediacy or witnesses

According to Epictetus,happiness and desire cannot be found together“. Today, in fact, we no longer have time to desire: we must consume, and in the moment. And if it were happiness, we would know …


Did the holidays teach us a little about letting go? If only in terms of frantic exchanges with others on our mobile phones? Not so sure: be it on the edge of the beaches, in the mountains while climbing, or on the streets everywhere, we are nailed to our smartphones, even on the Greek ruins where we must immediately take the photo to be sent immediately to prove that they are there, and to “live” the Parthenon with the one who is in Ireland and who in return will send you the Landes … There is no more pleasure without witnesses. Could it be said without sharing? But is it really sharing? Isn’t it rather a friendly voyeurism, destined to arouse envy or admiration? ” Look how interesting what I do is »: The other’s gaze is more important than mine alone.

Do you have Wi-Fi?

They are mostly young, you say? Easy! We don’t have much to envy them in this regard, how many men (above all) pollute you with their conf-call at the Grand Paradis refuge, how many were worried before the excursion: ” Is there at least a network? “, Then in the lost refuge:” Do you have Wi-Fi? “.

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Did you say right to log out? But it’s a duty that should be enforced, and it’s actually not so much the boss’s fault, it’s like the Stockholm syndrome, or it’s our existential boredom that is most to blame. You have to hold on to something, to fill the existential void you fill with connectivity. Not to mention all those who prefer their story on Instagram to the pleasure of living.

Drug addicts

That we are addicted to consumption, which we are told every day that we will have to reduce, is one thing, but consuming life without savoring it as long as it goes fast and with witnesses, we are talking about a fee!

We empty our brains, to avoid thinking, there is no need, however, when you can find yours ready to think on Twitter.

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We have been told in the past that it was a joy to wait, that for everything, it would be for later. Later than we could go out after midnight, later than we would be entitled to … later happiness would come with winning a diploma, then love, the real one … All this seems over: it’s now, in this moment, i’m entitled to everything now, otherwise i’ll freak out. Malaise is our sanction. We are the fifth largest antidepressant user in the world, and that’s not to mention the “cool” anxious puffs of smoke that have become commonplace. France suffers from an addiction to stress and antistress.

Resolution of back to school

So, I propose a resolution for the return to school: slow down, disconnect, resume normal mental activity.

Speak as soon as possible and stop expressing yourself via SMS (think now we have reached the point of having to announce via SMS that you have left a voice message!). Rediscovering the pleasure of being bored, and above all teaching it to children … It is an opportunity, a treasure to have the time to be bored a little, it is another forgotten way of finding time: the time that passes, without trying to make hang out . Inventing, reading, dreaming, escaping … And all this by finding your professional activity even more effectively, distinguishing speed from essential or urgency. The only useful decrease is that of the useless.

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