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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221255131
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 180
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Novelty
Don't Forget to be Happy

Release date : 07/10/2021
Because life is beautiful, let’s take it back from the unadventurous who are trying to ruin it for everyone.
“I’m stunned to note that, for the past several years, the French, who have loved freedom to the point of setting the standard for it, have become fearful. The impression—an exasperating one—that France has become a giant nursery staggers me. We, the descendants of revolutionaries, are still waiting for laws,... “I’m stunned to note that, for the past several years, the French, who have loved freedom to the point of setting the standard for it, have become fearful. The impression—an exasperating one—that France has become a giant nursery staggers me. We, the descendants of revolutionaries, are still waiting for laws, legal precedents, and other forms of assistance, like children waiting for their parents to teach them how to walk or ride a bike! We swear by the welfare state and nothing else.
I’d love to believe it’s the fault of this or that administration, but we are the ones demanding that things be mapped out for us. As a result, since the late 1980s, the French government has no longer been great nation-makers, but rather little legislators and truant officers making laws in the name of some semblance of collective harmony.
How did we get to this point?
I could list all the small things we’ve forfeited, which, over the years, have birthed the cloying feeling that everything is forbidden, or at the very least far too overmanaged. We have now reached the peak with the crushing victory of the cautious and unadventurous. It’s their revenge on the generation of May ’68, the hippies, punks, and rockers—the ones who dared. They’ve won all the battles, dedicated their lives to making sure that no risk is taken. With these activists for a healthy, safe life, we’ve gone from ‘Mind your own business?’ to being begged to do more. Too bad for us.
Since this is how our society now functions, do we have to simply accept it? I’m not convinced, just as resilience must not be confused with giving up. Because our freedom cannot be constantly eaten away. This book is a manifesto against this suffocating trend, but also a message of hope: in failing, for the moment, to be revolutionaries, let’s learn how to become craftsmen of our own happiness.”
 
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EAN : 9782221255131
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 180
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont