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I am a localization manager/translator and intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about languages, cultures, diversity management, body art, dancing, self-empowerment, coaching, effective communication and, last but not least, vegan gluten-free food and good movies.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rebel Without a Cause #1. Albert Camus

How easily can you say no?
How would you describe a rebel? (A real one)

On LinkedIn, I'm having a really interesting and proactive discussion about sustainability and I've decided to share with you one of my comments.

Qu'est-ce qu'un homme révolté? Un homme qui dit non.
(What is a rebel? A man who says no)
Albert Camus [1913-1960]
L'Homme révolté

Why? Because I agree with this beautiful quote from Camus and because I say 'no'. Very often. Every day. Everywhere. To everyone. No matter what. When I think that something is wrong, I simply say 'no'. Without fear. Life is too short.

I badly believe in boycotting and in ethical consumerism. I live as a vegan. I don't have a car or a television. I boycott corporations. I have a bank account in an ethical bank. I renew, recycle, reuse. I don't take medicines. And so on.
I think that I have a very big power because I can choose how to invest and manage my money and that I can choose to spend less, to waste less, to pollute less, to not support 'mainstream' systems.
To share with people what I know and what I believe in. To try to change the world around me. To search for other people who share my ideas and to do something practical with those people, in order to change what I believe is wrong.

And now, thanks to Camus, I can add: "Because I say 'no' when I feel it".

Tags: Being a rebel, Critical thinking, Camus, Quotes

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